Rare Bird Alert

January 3, 2018

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 1st, 2018.

24 RED CROSSBILLS and 1 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL were reported from the Sandwich Christmas Bird Count on December 30th. Photo: White-winged Crossbill by Len Medlock, 2-28-16.

24 RED CROSSBILLS and 1 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL were reported from the Sandwich Christmas Bird Count on December 30th. 2 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Meredith on December 31st, and single RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Cornish, Charlestown, and Hancock during the past week.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen near 419 Main Street in Rollinsford on January 1st.

A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen at Rye Harbor State Park and was last reported on January 1st.

An ICELAND GULL was seen in Laconia on December 31st.

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

There was an unconfirmed report of a PACIFIC LOON seen in Rye on December 30th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along River Road just north of the Boggy Meadow Farm in Walpole on December 29th.

A COMMON REDPOLL was seen in Lyme on December 31st.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen along Krif Road in Keene on December 28th, and 1 was seen in Seabrook on January 1st.

A CAPE MAY WARBLER and a YELLOW WARBLER were discovered at Bicentennial Park in Hampton on December 1st, and were last reported on the 27th.

A PINE WARBLER was seen in Brentwood on December 26th.

A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER continues to be seen outside the Errol Library, and was last reported on December 31st.

A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was discovered in pines at the intersection of Central Road and Route 1A in Rye on November 26th, and was last reported on December 27th.

A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was reported from Hampton on December 30th.

An AMERICAN PIPIT was seen in Hampton on December 26th and 27th.

An EASTERN TOWHEE continues to be seen at a private residence in Wilton and was last reported on December 30th. Another EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in Warner on the 29th.

An “OREGON” DARK-EYED JUNCO was seen in Hollis on December 30th.

A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen in Laconia on December 31st.

Several FOX SPARROWS, 2 CHIPPING SPARROWS, a SWAMP SPARROW, and many WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were seen on Christmas Bird Counts during the past week.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Exeter on January 1st, 1 was seen in Sanbornton on December 31st, and 1 was seen in Hollis on the 30th.

A GRAY CATBIRD was seen in Hampton on December 27th, 30th, and 31st.

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were seen in Gilford, Milford, Merrimack, Holderness, Sutton, Antrim, Hampton, Henniker, Dover, Sunapee, Sandwich, North Conway, and Nottingham during the past week.

There were a few NORTHERN FLICKERS and numerous RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS reported during the past week.

A BELTED KINGFISHER and 2 WINTER WRENS were reported from the Milford Fish Hatchery on December 30th.

A few CAROLINA WRENS were reported from scattered locations during the past week.

A BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD was seen in Newmarket, and several RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were seen at scattered locations during the past week.

8 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen along the coast on January 1st.

A WILSON’S SNIPE was seen in Moultonborough on December 30th.

A GREAT BLUE HERON was seen in Nashua on December 30th.

2 male GREEN-WINGED TEAL were seen on the Merrimack River in Concord on January 1st.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Holderness on December 31st, and a MERLIN was seen in Hooksett on January 1st.

A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Hampstead, and a TURKEY VULTURE was seen in Exeter, both on January 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.

Thanks very much and good birding.

December 26, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, December 25th, 2017.

A WESTERN TANAGER continues to be seen at a private residence in Dover, and was last reported on December 24th. There is no public access.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE continues to be seen near Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester and was last reported on December 20th.

2 RAZORBILLS were seen on the Piscataqua River in New Castle on December 20th.

A SNOWY OWL was seen in Keene near the back of Kohl’s on December 19th, but has not been reported since then. A SNOWY OWL was discovered at the Lebanon Airport on December 18th, and was last reported on December 24th. 2 or 3 SNOWY OWLS were reported from the coast in Rye and North Hampton during the past week.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen just north of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on December 24th.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was discovered at the Seabrook Wastewater Treatment Plant on December 2nd and was last reported there on the 19th.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was discovered earlier this month in pine trees at the Beach Plum restaurant located opposite North Hampton State Beach, and was last reported on December 24th.

A CAPE MAY WARBLER was discovered in a pine tree at Bicentennial Park in Hampton on December 1st, and was last reported on the 25th.

A YELLOW WARBLER was discovered in cedar trees north of Bicentennial Park in Hampton on December 1st, and was last reported on the 25th.

A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER continues to be seen outside the Errol Library, and was last reported on December 24th. Another YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was reported from the hydroelectric station in Gorham on the 24th.

A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was discovered in pines at the intersection of Central Road and Route 1A in Rye on November 26th, and was last reported on December 25th. A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET also continues to be seen here and was last reported on the 21st.

Up to 4 AMERICAN PIPITS were reported from the coast during the past week.

An EASTERN TOWHEE continues to be seen at a private residence in Wilton and was last reported on December 24th.

A FOX SPARROW was seen in Concord on December 21st.

Single YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were seen in Sutton, Antrim, Hancock, Northwood, and Nottingham during the past week.

22 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen in fields on Barnett Hill in Walpole on December 20th, and 30 HORNED LARKS were seen at Pinnacleview Equipment in Walpole on the 21st.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Hampton on December 24th, and 1 was seen in Nashua on the 18th.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Etna on December 22nd, and a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Durham on the 21st.

A male WOOD DUCK was seen on the ice below the Lakeport Dam in Laconia on December 19th.

A GREAT BLUE HERON was seen on the Powwow River in Kingston on December 20th.

The Christmas Bird Count takes place every year in designated areas called “count circles”. These circles are 15 miles in diameter and stay the same from year to year. International in scope, the Christmas Bird Count is organized and compiled by the National Audubon Society, who coordinates all count circles so they don’t overlap.

There are 21 counts in New Hampshire, and participation is open to all interested birders, from beginners to experts. Many count circles are coordinated by NH Audubon Chapters. Each count circle is surveyed on its own particular day, between December 14 and January 5. Teams go outside and survey sections of the count circle, but there are also feeder watchers within the circle who tally the birds in their backyards.

Visit the NH Bird Records website for a list of the state’s Christmas Bird Counts and who to contact if you are interested in participating.

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.

December 20, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, December 18th, 2017.

A VARIED THRUSH was seen in Hancock on December 16th, 2017. Image from Wiki Commons.

A VARIED THRUSH was seen in Hancock on December 16th. It was seen associating with AMERICAN ROBINS in a wetland along Route 123 about a quarter of a mile south of the Antrim town line. The birds appeared to be foraging on winterberry. Parking is roadside only or you could park at the junction with Willard Pond Road and walk north.

A WESTERN TANAGER was seen at a private residence in Dover on December17th.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen soaring over Westmoreland on December 16th.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen at Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on December 16th and 17th.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on Lake Sunapee on December 16th.

A PIED-BILLED GREBE was seen in Errol on December 15th and 17th.

A flock of over 200 COMMON MERGANSERS was seen on Paugus Bay in Laconia on December 17th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Concord on December 14th, and again on the 17th.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Amherst on December 18th.

An immature RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Hampstead on December 13th.

An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was seen in Derry on December 16th.

A flock of about 150 CEDAR WAXWINGS was seen in Bedford on December 12th.

An estimated 24 HORNED LARKS were seen foraging in exposed grass at Pinnacleview Equipment in Walpole on December 13th.

A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen at a birdfeeder in Errol on December 15th.

Small flocks of RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Dublin, Hancock, Lempster, Sunapee, and New London during the past week.

5 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at the summit of Mount Potash on December 17th.

A FOX SPARROW was seen in Hanover on December 16th.

29 FISH CROWS were reported from Salem on December 12th.

The Coastal Christmas Bird Count was held on December 16th. Highlights included: 4 SNOW GEESE, 2 EURASIAN WIGEONS, a RUDDY DUCK, 3 NORTHERN PINTAILS, a NORTHERN SHOVELER, 8 LESSER SCAUP, 3 GADWALL, 2 REDHEADS, a MERLIN, 3 PEREGRINE FALCONS, 4 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 12 RAZORBILLS, 4 SNOWY OWLS, 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS, 18 EASTERN SCREECH-OWLS, 5 NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS, 17 HERMIT THRUSHES, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 53 TURKEY VULTURES, 7 FOX SPARROWS, 3 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, a KILLDEER, 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS, 10 AMERICAN PIPITS, 4 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, a DICKCISSEL, a PINE GROSBEAK, 3 RED CROSSBILLS, a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, 7 GRAY CATBIRDS, 2 YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS, a CAPE MAY WARBLER, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, a YELLOW WARBLER, and a PINE WARBLER.

The Manchester Christmas Bird Count was held on December 16th. Species highlights included: BALD EAGLE, COOPER’S HAWK, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, PEREGRINE FALCON, BARRED OWL, EASTERN SCREECH-OWL, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN FLICKER, CAROLINA WREN, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, HERMIT THRUSH, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, GRAY CATBIRD, and FOX SPARROW.

The Lee/Durham Christmas Bird Count was held on December 17th. Highlights included: a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, 2 CHIPPING SPARROWS, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 6 TURKEY VULTURES, a RING-NECKED DUCK, a PINE WARBLER, a WOOD DUCK, and a DICKCISSEL.

The Concord Christmas Bird Count was held on December 17th. Highlights included: a BELTED KINGFISHER, a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, a PEREGRINE FALCON, 14 HORNED LARKS, a HERMIT THRUSH, a GRAY CATBIRD, a SWAMP SPARROW, over 70 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, a RED CROSSBILL, and a PINE SISKIN.

The Christmas Bird Count takes place every year in designated areas called “count circles”. These circles are 15 miles in diameter and stay the same from year to year. International in scope, the Christmas Bird Count is organized and compiled by the National Audubon Society, who coordinates all count circles so they don’t overlap.

There are 21 counts in New Hampshire, and participation is open to all interested birders, from beginners to experts. Many count circles are coordinated by NH Audubon Chapters. Each count circle is surveyed on its own particular day, between December 14 and January 5. Teams go outside and survey sections of the count circle, but there are also feeder watchers within the circle who tally the birds in their backyards.

Visit the NH Bird Records website for a list of the state’s Christmas Bird Counts and who to contact if you are interested in participating.

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.

December 13, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, December 11th, 2017.

A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER and a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET were seen at the intersection of Central Avenue and Route 1A in Rye on December 9th and 10th.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was photographed flying over coastal Seabrook on December 10th.

A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER and a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET were seen at the intersection of Central Avenue and Route 1A in Rye on December 9th and 10th, 2017. Spring season Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher photo by Pam Hunt.

A male and a possible female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE were seen behind the Delta Dental Stadium on the Merrimack River in Manchester on December 5th.

A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen off of Seabrook Beach on December 10th.

There was an unconfirmed report of a 1st-winter KING EIDER seen from Little Boar’s Head in North Hampton on December 8th.

A female GADWALL was seen at Eel Pond in Rye on December 10th, and 2 WOOD DUCKS were seen in Salem on the 7th.

A GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen in Rye Harbor on December 10th, and a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER was seen in coastal Rye on the 9th.

A GREAT EGRET was seen at Hampton Marsh on December 8th.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was discovered at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 23rd, and was seen there until November 30th, after which it was re-found in evergreen trees adjacent to the wastewater treatment plant in Seabrook on December 2nd. It was last reported from Seabrook on December 9th. Photographic analysis has enabled confirmation of this bird as the same individual that had been seen earlier in Rye.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye for several days during the past week, and was last reported on December 10th.

A CAPE MAY WARBLER was found at Bicentennial Park in North Hampton on December 2nd, was seen on several days during the past week, and was last reported on the 11th. A YELLOW WARBLER, and a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET were seen here, both on the 10th.

A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen in Swanzey on December 7th.

3 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen on the coast in North Hampton, and 1 was seen at Bicentennial Park in Hampton, both on December 10th.

30 HORNED LARKS and 20 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were counted at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on December 5th.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in Gilmanton Iron Works on December 8th, and 1 was seen in Wilton on the 9th.

A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Nottingham on several days during the past week and was last reported on December 10th.

2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were reported from Bedell Bridge State Park in Haverhill on December 8th.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in Strafford on December 6th, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was seen in Gorham on the 5th.

A NORTHERN FLICKER was seen in Derry and 1 was seen in Manchester, both on December 9th.

A female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen at the Mud Pond Trail in the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on December 11th.

A male AMERICAN KESTREL was seen in Jackson on December 11th.

2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were reported from Concord on December 8th, and 1 was seen in Hollis on the 11th.

Several RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Hancock during the past week.

The Christmas Bird Count takes place every year in designated areas called “count circles”. These circles are 15 miles in diameter and stay the same from year to year. International in scope, the Christmas Bird Count is organized and compiled by the National Audubon Society, who coordinates all count circles so they don’t overlap.

There are 21 counts in New Hampshire, and participation is open to all interested birders, from beginners to experts. Many count circles are coordinated by NH Audubon Chapters. Each count circle is surveyed on its own particular day, between December 14 and January 5. Teams go outside and survey sections of the count circle, but there are also feeder watchers within the circle who tally the birds in their backyards.

Visit the NH Bird Records website for a list of the state’s Christmas Bird Counts and who to contact if you are interested in participating.

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.

December 6, 2017

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

170 Dovekies, among others, were spotted by birders on a fishing boat out of Seabrook on December 3, 2017. (Dovekie image from Creative Commons)

Birders on a fishing boat out of Seabrook on December 3rd reported: 170 DOVEKIES, 4 ATLANTIC PUFFINS, a COMMON MURRE, 16 RAZORBILLS, 2 BLACK GUILLEMOTS, 52 UNIDENTIFIED ALCID SPECIES, 258 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, 35 NORTHERN FULMARS, a GREAT SHEARWATER, and 39 NORTHERN GANNETS.

2 RAZORBILLS and 3 BLACK GUILLEMOTS were seen from Rye Harbor State Park on December 2nd, and a HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen from here on the 3rd, A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in Seabrook on December 2nd and 3rd.

A SNOWY OWL was seen in marshy habitat and on rooftops near Cooper Road at the north end of Newfound Lake on December 2nd and 3rd, 1 was seen along the coast on November 28th, and 1 was seen in fields at Great Bay Farm in Greenland on the 2nd.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on November 28th.

A SNOW GOOSE was seen with a flock of CANADA GEESE on the Salmon Falls River in Rollinsford on November 27th and 28th.

A male REDHEAD was seen with an estimated 500 GREATER SCAUP on the southeast section of Great Bay on December 2nd, and a RED-THROATED LOON was seen on Great Bay on the 3rd.

A female GADWALL and a PIED-BILLED GREBE were seen at Eel Pond in Rye on December 2nd. A male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen in the Sugar River in Newport on December 2nd.

A 1st-winter BLUE GROSBEAK was photographed at a private residence in Hampstead on December 4th.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was discovered at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 23rd, and was last reported from there on the 28th. A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was discovered in evergreen trees adjacent to the wastewater treatment plant in Seabrook on December 2nd, but there is no way to tell if this is the same individual that had been seen earlier in Rye.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye for several days during the past week, and was last seen on December 4th. Another YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at a private residence in Rye on November 28th.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at North Hampton State Beach on December 1st.

A CAPE MAY WARBLER and a PINE WARBLER were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 28th, and a YELLOW WARBLER was seen here on December 2nd.

A CAPE MAY WARBLER was seen at Bicentennial Park in North Hampton on November 28th, and again on December 2nd. A NELSON’S SPARROW was seen here on December 1st.

A PINE WARBLER was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on December 3rd, and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen here on November 30th.

A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was seen in Pittsfield on November 29th.

A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was seen in Rye on December 2nd.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Concord, and 1 was seen in Hampton Harbor, both on December 3rd.

2 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Pittsfield on December 1st.

6 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen in Haverhill on December 3rd.

4 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at Rye Harbor State Park on December 4th.

2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen in Errol on December 2nd, and a FOX SPARROW was seen in Penacook on December 3rd.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in Wilton on December 1st.

75 FISH CROWS were seen in Salem on December 1st.

Additional lingering migrants reported during the past week included YELLOW-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, MARSH WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, and FIELD SPARROW.

The Christmas Bird Count takes place every year in designated areas called “count circles”. These circles are 15 miles in diameter and stay the same from year to year. International in scope, the Christmas Bird Count is organized and compiled by the National Audubon Society, who coordinates all count circles so they don’t overlap.

There are 21 counts in New Hampshire, and participation is open to all interested birders, from beginners to experts. Many count circles are coordinated by NH Audubon Chapters. Each count circle is surveyed on its own particular day, between December 14 and January 5. Teams go outside and survey sections of the count circle, but there are also feeder watchers within the circle who tally the birds in their backyards.

Visit the NH Bird Records website for a list of the state’s Christmas Bird Counts and who to contact if you are interested in participating.

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.

November 22, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, November 20th, 2017.

A SNOWY OWL was seen in Stoddard on November 16, 2017. Snowy Owl Photo by Len Medlock.

A SNOWY OWL was seen in Stoddard on November 16th.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on November 15th, and 1 was seen on the 17th, both from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and an AMERICAN WIGEON were seen at the Carter Hill Raptor Migration Observatory in Concord on November 14th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along Route 116 in Jefferson on November 16th.

A SNOW GOOSE was seen in a field on Lyme on November 15th.

A very-late migrating TREE SWALLOW, and an ICELAND GULL were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on November 17th. 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.

25 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and 7 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from the summit of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on November 15th.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 15th.

Lingering songbirds seen during the past week included a NASHVILLE WARBLER in Nashua on the 14th, a BLACKPOLL WARBLER in Rye on the 15th, a PINE WARBLER in Rochester on the 14th, and a PALM WARBLER in Rochester on the 14th. There were few reports of RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, GRAY CATBIRD, and HERMIT THRUSH during the past week.

2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on November 15th.

Small numbers of SNOW BUNTINGS were reported from scattered inland sites during the past week.

3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen at Rye Harbor on November 15th, and a PURPLE SANDPIPER was seen in Hampton on the 19th.

A GREAT EGRET was seen Hampton Marsh on November 18th.

3 GADWALL were seen in Exeter on November 19th.

RAPTOR migration monitoring at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and at the Carter Hill Raptor Migration Observatory in Concord will be drawing to a close on November 20th.  Pack Monadnock has reported 11,788 raptors and Carter Hill has reported 6,274 raptors, all since September 1st. The most unusual raptor sightings during that time were 12 GOLDEN EAGLES and 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. Thanks are due to the supporters of New Hampshire Audubon that make this important on-going research project possible, and to the observatory staff for their dedication, observation skills, people skills, and long hours during the 2017 fall season!

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.

November 14, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, November 13th, 2017.

A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on November 9th.

4 GOLDEN EAGLES were seen from the Carter Hill Raptor Migration Observatory in Concord on November 7th.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on November 8th, and 1 was seen on the 11th, both from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen here on the 7th.

Observers at the Carter Hill Raptor Migration Observatory in Concord saw 2 SANDHILL CRANES on November 7th, 8 on the 8th, and 18 on the 11th, all migrating south. An injured SANDHILL CRANE was seen in Rollinsford on November 7th and 8th.

3 CATTLE EGRETS continue to be seen at Flint Farm in Milan, and another CATTLE EGRET was seen foraging in cornfields at Krif Road in Keene on the November 7th.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen from the summit of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on November 11th.

A WHITE-EYED VIREO was seen in Hampton on November 12th.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 12th.

2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were seen at Great Bay Farm in Greenland on November 9th and again on the 12th, a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen here on the 9th, and 3 LINCOLN’S SPARROWS were seen here on the 12th.

3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on November 12th.

14 SNOW BUNTINGS were reported from Carter Hill in Concord on November 12th.

4 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at the summit of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on November 12th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen along the coast in Rye on November 11th, and an ICELAND GULL was seen at Hedgehog Pond in Salem on November 9th.

A GREAT EGRET was seen at Meadow Pond in Hampton on November 12th, and a LESSER YELLOWLEGS was seen here on the 7th.

2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen at World End Pond in Salem on November 7th.

4 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen on the coast on November 11th, and 2 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were seen at Seabrook Beach on November 8th.

An AMERICAN WOODCOCK was seen in Sullivan on November 9th, and 2 were seen in Freedom on the 8th. 5 WILSON’S SNIPES were seen in Nashua on November 12th.

2 BRANT were seen at Rye Harbor State Park on November 9th, and 1 was seen on Highland Lake in Stoddard on the 10th.

A BLACK SCOTER and a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were seen on Lake Sunapee on November 10th, and a RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Goose Pond in Canaan on November 12th.

A GADWALL was seen at Eel Pond in Rye on November 11th, and a NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen here on the 10th.

11 RUDDY DUCKS were seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on November 11th.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was photographed in Rochester on November 7th.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in Conway on November 7th.

A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was seen at Eel Pond in Rye on November 12th.

A TREE SWALLOW was seen in Rochester on November 13th.

A YELLOW-THROATED VIREO was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 12th, and a BLUE-HEADED VIREO was seen in Pittsfield on the 13th.

Additional lingering songbirds reported during the past week included a YELLOW WARBLER in Hampton on November 11th, a TENNESEE WARBLER in New Castle on the 11th, a NORTHERN PARULA in Rye in the 11th, a BLACKPOLL WARBLER in Rye on the 11th, a PINE WARBLER in Rye on the 11th and 1 in Newton on the 7th, a PALM WARBLER in Rye on the 11th, a MAGNOLIA WARBLER in Rochester on the 8th, and a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT in Keene on the 8th. Also, there were several reports of RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, GRAY CATBIRD, and HERMIT THRUSH during the past week.

A SPRUCE GROUSE was seen along Route 16 in Dummer near the Cambridge town line on November 7th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen along the Little Cherry Pond trail at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on November 8th.

A flock of about 200 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS was seen in Plaistow on November 9th.

Over 20,000 BLACKBIRDS were seen migrating south in Strafford on November 11th.

RAPTOR migration monitoring at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and at the Carter Hill Raptor Migration Observatory in Concord will be drawing to a close in mid-November. Pack Monadnock has reported 11,730 raptors and Carter Hill has reported 6,241 raptors, all since September 1st. The most unusual raptor sightings during that time were 10 GOLDEN EAGLES and 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. Thanks are due to the supporters of New Hampshire Audubon that make this important on-going research project possible, and to the observatory staff for their dedication, observation skills, people skills, and long hours during the 2017 fall season!

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.

November 8, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, November 6th, 2017.

10 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on the coast and a few were reported from inland locations during the past week.

10 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on the coast and a few were reported from inland locations during the past week.

A CAVE SWALLOW was seen at Bicentennial Park in Hampton on November 4th.

A WHITE-EYED VIREO and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 5th, and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen there on the 4th.

4 SANDHILL CRANES were phootgraphed flying over Epping on October 31st.

3 CATTLE EGRETS continue to be seen at Flint Farm in Milan, and were last reported on November 5th. Another CATTLE EGRET was seen foraging in cornfields at Krif Road in Keene on the 3rd.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen flying over cornfields at Krif Road in Keene on November 2nd, 1 was seen at coastal dunes in Seabrook on the 4th, and 1 was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 4th.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen flying over Portsmouth on October 31st.

A juvenile COMMON GALLINULE was seen at Upper Suncook Lake in Barnstead on November 3rd.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen near the north end of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 5th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL, an ICELAND GULL, and a LAUGHING GULL were seen migrating south along the coast on November 5th. There was also a report of a GLAUCOUS GULL in Hampton Marsh on the 5th.

3 SWANS of undetermined species were seen flying south along the Contoocook River in Concord on October 31st.

A DICKCISSEL was seen with HOUSE SPARROWS near the train tracks next to Parking Lot A at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, and 1 was seen at Great Bay Farm in Greenland, both on November 3rd.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was seen at Rye Harbor on October 31st, and a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen in Rochester on November 2nd.

A flock of 5 DUNLIN was seen flying near Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on November 1st.

2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen at World End Pond in Salem on November 4th, 1 was seen at Turkey Pond in Concord on the 4th, 1 was seen at Upper Suncook Lake in Barnstead on the 4th, and 1 was seen in Rochester on the 3rd.

A KILLDEER was seen at White’s Farm in Concord on November 5th.

An AMERICAN WOODCOCK was seen migrating off of the coast on November 5th, 1 was seen in Concord on the 4th, and 1 was seen in Pittsfield on October 31st.

2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen in Hampton Harbor on November 4th. A LESSER YELLOWLEGS was seen in Hampton Marsh, and a SEMIPAMATED SANDPIPER was seen in Hampton Harbor, both on November 5th.

A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen on the Connecticut River in North Walpole on October 31st.

A RED-THROATED LOON was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale, and 1 was seen on Dublin Lake, both on November 1st.

12 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen on Cherry Pond in Jefferson, 7 were seen on Spofford Lake in Chesterfield, and 6 were seen on Wilson Pond in Swanzey, all on November 2nd.

A flock of 14 BLACK SCOTERS was seen flying over Concord on November 4th.

2 RUDDY DUCKS were seen on Wilson Pond in Swanzey on November 2nd.

7 PIED-BILLED GREBES were seen on Cherry Pond in Jefferson on November 4th, and 6 were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on the 1st.

A flock of 12 BRANT was seen on October 31st, and a flock of 28 was seen on November 1st, all migrating south over Concord. A few sightings of 1-2 individuals were reported from various locations on the same dates.

A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen in Seabrook on November 1st, and a GREAT EGRET was seen in Hampton on the 5th.

A flock of 6 RED CROSSBILLS was seen at Black Pond in Windsor on October 31st.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was reported from Penacook on November 5th.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen at Adams Point in Durham on November 3rd, and a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was seen in Dover on November 1st.

A NASHVILLE WARBLER was seen in Concord, and a YELLOW WARBLER and a BLACKPOLL WARBLER were seen in Hampton, all on November 4th. A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER and a PINE WARBLER were reported from Concord on November 5th.

2 PALM WARBLERS were seen in Concord on November 4th, and 1 was seen in Seabrook on the 3rd.

A SORA was seen in Dixville on October 27th.

A MARSH WREN was reported from Turtle Pond in Concord on November 4th.

An INDIGO BUNTING was seen in Greenland on November 3rd and 4th.

Late migrating species reported during the past week include: RED-EYED VIREO, GRAY CATBIRD, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, EASTERN PHOEBE, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, FOX SPARROW, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, and FIELD SPARROW.

A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen in Keene, and a flock of 8 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen in Sandwich, all on November 6th.

A flock of about 40 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was seen at Powwow Pond in East Kingston on November 5th. A possible PINE GROSBEAK was also reported from here on the 5th.

A flock of 28 TURKEY VULTURES was seen in Wilton on November 3rd.

RAPTOR migration monitoring will be drawing to a close in mid-November, but raptors are still being counted daily at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord. Pack Monadnock has reported over 11,346 raptors and Carter Hill has reported over 6,065 raptors, all since September 1st. The majority of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have already passed by, but there are still PEREGRINE FALCONS, NORTHERN HARRIERS, SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, RED-TAILED HAWKS, and BALD EAGLES being seen. The most unusual sightings so far are 3 GOLDEN EAGLES and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. Be sure to visit these New HampshireAudubon staffed observatories this fall season to help out with the counts!

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.

October 30, 2017

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Carter Hill in Concord on October 24th, 2017. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 30th, 2017.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Carter Hill in Concord on October 24th.

A TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was discovered and photographed on the summit of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on October 28th.

3 CATTLE EGRETS were seen at Flint Farm in Milan on October 25th, and 1 was photographed there on the 26th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on October 27th. Also present was a VESPER SPARROW, a FIELD SPARROW, a flock of 76 AMERICAN PIPITS, and a flock of 40 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, a BLACKPOLL WARBLER, a PALM WARBLER, and a RED-EYED VIREO were seen at the south end of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 29th, and a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, and a YELLOW WARBLER were seen in Hampton on the 28th.

2 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 7 CORY’S SHEARWATERS, 3 GREAT SHEARWATERS, a MANX SHEARWATER, 1,591 NORTHERN GANNETS, 4 LAUGHING GULLS, and a SNOW BUNTING were observed migrating south along the coast in Hampton on October 24th.

6 BRANT, 440 BLACK SCOTERS, 281 RED-THROATED LOONS, 7,158 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, 4 RAZORBILLS, 4 BLACK GUILLEMOTS, a LAUGHING GULL, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 3 CASPIAN TERNS, and

2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were observed migrating south along the coast in Hampton on October 29th.

2 juvenile COMMON GALLINULES, 9 AMERICAN COOT, an AMERICAN WIGEON, 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS, and 2 GREATER SCAUP were reported from Eel Pond in Rye multiple times during the past week.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, and 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS were reported from Hampton on October 28th.

A GREAT CORMORANT and a DUNLIN were seen at the Wilder Dam on the Connecticut River on October 29th, and 3 BLACK SCOTERS were seen in this area on the 27th.

An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was heard in North Hampton on October 28th.

RAPTOR migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord. Pack Monadnock has reported over 11,296
raptors and Carter Hill has reported over 5,862 raptors, all since September 1st. The majority of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have already passed by, but there are still good numbers of SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS,
RED-TAILED HAWKS, and BALD EAGLES to be seen. Be sure to visit these New Hampshire Audubon staffed observatories this fall season to help out with the counts!

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.

October 17, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 16th, 2017.

A family of SANDHILL CRANES consisting of 2 adults and 1 juvenile continues to be seen along Plains Road in Monroe and was last reported on October 14th. 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen flying in Grafton near the Connecticut River on October 11th, and 1 was seen near Viels Farm stand in Strafford on the 9th.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen migrating over Bethlehem on October 12th, and 1 was seen migrating south along the coast on the 16th.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen migrating over Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on October 11th.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Westmoreland on October 14th, and a kettle of 27 TURKEY VULTURES was seen flying over Exeter on the 14th.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen along the Boy Scout Trail at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 12th, and 1 was seen at NH Audubon’s Dahl Sanctuary in Conway on October 13th and 14th.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 15th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on October 12th, 1 was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 12th, and 1 was seen at Witch Island in Hampton on the 11th.

A NELSON’S SPARROW was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on October 15th, 1 was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on the 12th, and 20 were counted in Hampton Marsh on the 15th.

A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen at Goss Farm in Rye on October 15th.

A DICKCISSEL was seen at Goss Farm in Rye on October 12th, and 1 was seen in Ashland on the 10th.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on October 12th.

A flock of 20 RED CROSSBILLS was seen along Route 26 in Cambridge near Maine on October 10th. 28 RED CROSSBILLS and several WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on the 12th. A RED CROSSBILL was reported from the summit of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on the 11th.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen off of Little Boar’s Head in North Hampton on October 14th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen near the north end of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 14th.

A COMMON TERN was seen on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro on October 15th, and 2 were seen in Hampton Harbor on the 14th.

60 CORY’S SHEARWATERS and 7 GREAT SHEARWATERS were seen off of the coast at Hampton Beach State Park on October 14th.

Over 2,100 NORTHERN GANNETS were counted migrating south off the coast on October 15th.

An adult male EURASIAN WIGEON continues to be seen in the southeast part of Great Bay, and was last reported on October 13th.

A flock of 40 SNOW GEESE was seen migrating south over Lyme on October 16th.

Inland reports of SCOTERS during the past week included 63 BLACK SCOTERS and 6 SURF SCOTERS on Cherry Pond in Jefferson on October 12th, and 4 BLACK SCOTERS and 1 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER on Squam Lake on the 12th.

A GREAT CORMORANT was seen at the Wilder Dam on the Connecticut River on October 13th, and 1 was reported from Lovell Lake in Sanbornville on the 15th.

At least 1 RAZORBILL and 2 BLACK GUILLEMOTS were seen off the coast during the past week.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was seen flying near the Concord Airport on October 10th.

Over 100 AMERICAN PIPITS were counted at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on October 12th.

A flock of 9 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was seen at Dodge Pond in Lyman on October 12th, and a few were reported from Carter Hill in Concord on the 14th.

A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was heard in Sandwich on October 12th.

RAPTOR migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord. Pack Monadnock has reported over 11,014 raptors and Carter Hill has reported over 5,343 raptors, all since September 1st. The majority of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have already passed by, but there are still good numbers of AMERICAN KESTRELS, SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, COOPER’S HAWKS, RED-TAILED HAWKS, OSPREYS, and BALD EAGLES to be seen. Be sure to visit these New Hampshire Audubon staffed observatories this fall season to help out with the counts!

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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