Rare Bird Alert

August 24, 2015

Red-necked_Phalarope

Red-necked_Phalarope

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 24th, 2015.

3 BLACK TERNS were seen in the Hampton Harbor area on August 21st, and 2 were seen in Eel Pond in Rye on the 24th.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON continues to be seen in coastal marshes and was last reported on the west side of Route 1A opposite Wallis Sands, on August 23rd.

An adult and 2 immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were reported from coastal Hampton on several days during the past week. They were mainly seen in the marshes adjacent to Hampton Harbor.

A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, a WESTERN SANDPIPER, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, and 2 LAUGHING GULLS were seen along the shore and coast, just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on August 24th.

An ARCTIC TERN and a RED KNOT were seen in Hampton Harbor on August 23rd.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in Eel Pond in Rye on August 23rd.

A WESTERN SANDPIPER was seen in Hampton Harbor on August 21st, and 1 was seen in Rye Harbor on the 22nd.

A “WESTERN” WILLET was seen in the Little River Saltmarsh in North Hampton on August 22nd.

A LAUGHING GULL, a WHIMBREL, and 3 PIPING PLOVERS were seen in Hampton Harbor on August 22nd.

A RED PHALAROPE, 53 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, and a BLACK TERN were seen in the waters between Portsmouth Harbor and the Isles of Shoals on August 24th.

Birders on the Granite State Whale Watch cruises out of Rye during the past week reported: a SOOTY SHEARWATER, a MANX SHEARWATERS, 10 GREAT SHEARWATERS, and 12 CORY’S SHEARWATERS on August 18th, and 4 CORY’S SHEARWATERS, 25 GREAT SHEARWATERS, 150 WILSON’S STORM PETRELS, 50 NORTHERN GANNETS, 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, an EASTERN KINGBIRD, a BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and a YELLOW WARBLER on the 23rd.

A CORY’S SHEARWATER was seen sitting on the water just outside the entrance to Hampton Harbor on August 21st.

A juvenile BLACK GUILLEMOT was seen in Hampton Harbor on August 21st.

2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in Nashua on August 19th, and 2 GREAT EGRETS were seen in Orford on the 20th.

2 adult FISH CROWS were seen feeding 2 juvenile FISH CROWS in coastal North Hampton on August 22nd.

At least 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen in Nashua on August 19th.

A RED CROSSBILL, and 2 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge on August 17th,

A BICKNELL’S THRUSH, a BOREAL CHICKADEE, and GRAY JAY were reported from the Caps Ridge Trail in Jefferson Notch on August 23rd, and 2 SPRUCE GROUSE were seen here on the 17th.

A TENNESSEE WARBLER, an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, and 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported from Bethlehem on August 22nd.

COMMON NIGHTHAWKS have started their annual migration south, and there were numerous sightings reported during the past week, with the greatest numbers reported from Concord, including 168 on August 19th, 348 on the 22nd, and 721 on the 24th. Additionally, 301 were reported from Hancock on the 24th.

Over 5,000 TREE SWALLOWS were tallied migrating south along the coast in Seabrook on August 21st.

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.

August 17, 2015

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 17th, 2015.

At least 2 pairs of MISSISSIPPI KITES have nested in Newmarket this year and there is currently at least 1 youngster. The KITES have been reported on multiple occasions from Piscasssic Street, but the most recent reports were from Huckins Road in Newmarket, and Breakfast Hill Road in Greenland, both on August 16th.

3 SANDHILL CRANES continue to be seen in Monroe. The early season sightings were from behind the cemetery on the south side of Plains Road and east of Coppermine Road. Later season sightings were from the north side of Plains Road, in the fields behind the first farm on the left. These fields begin about 1/2 mile from Route. 135, and the birds have been seen in fields along Plains Road all the way to Coppermine Road. Be aware that large stands of trees and some buildings can sometimes block the view.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen in the salt marsh located on the west side of Route 1A and just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, on August 13th.

2 juvenile LEAST BITTERNS were seen at World End Pond in Salem on August 14th.

There were several reports of GREAT EGRETS from inland locations during the past week, including Newport, Merrimack, and Hooksett

9 LEAST TERNS were seen in coastal Hampton on August 15th.

Birders on the Granite State Whale Watch cruises out of Rye during the past week reported: a SOOTY SHEARWATER, 2 MANX SHEARWATERS, 9 GREAT SHEARWATERS, 14 CORY’S SHEARWATERS, 374 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS, a LEACH’S STORM-PETREL, 32 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, 31 NORTHERN GANNETS, and a LAUGHING GULL.

Coastal shorebird sightings during the past week included a few WHIMBRELS, RUDDY TURNSTONES, and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS.

A RED CROSSBILL was heard in Errol on August 9th.

A male BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen at the Trudeau Road wetlands in Bethlehem on August 15th.

2 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were reported from Fowlers Mill Road in Tamworth on August 9th, and 1 was seen in Concord on the 15th.

A juvenile-plumaged NORTHERN HARRIER was reported from Surry on August 13th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Sunapee during the past week.

A colony of 13 pairs of PURPLE MARTINS is nesting along Cross Beach Road in Seabrook and 20 individuals were observed on August 13th.

There were several sightings of small numbers of migrating COMMON NIGHTHAWKS 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.

August 11, 2015

Immature Little Gull

Immature Little Gull

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 10th, 2015.

An immature LITTLE GULL was reported from the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 7th.

At least 2 pairs of MISSISSIPPI KITES have nested in Newmarket this year and there is currently at least 1 youngster. The KITES have been reported on multiple occasions from Piscasssic Street. The most recent reports were on August 5th and 8th.

3 SANDHILL CRANES were seen behind the cemetery on Plains Road in Monroe on August 5th, and 9th.

A LEAST BITTERN, a SORA and a VIRGINIA RAIL were seen at World End Pond in Salem on August 4th.

5 LEAST TERNS were seen in Philbrick Marsh in North Hampton on August 8th.

A female-type NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen in pools located on the west side of Route 1A just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on August 6th and 8th.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was reported from fields located near the Community Gardens and Clinton Street in Concord on August 10th

2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 4th and 5th. 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.

5 GLOSSY IBIS were seen in coastal Rye on August 9th, and a flock of 15 was seen flying south along the coast on August 8th.

3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen along the Nashua River in Nashua on August 10th.

A GREAT EGRET was seen at Powdermill Pond in Hancock on August 8th.

9 GREEN HERONS were seen in the small pond adjacent to the Steeplegate Mall in Concord on August 9th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Alexandria on August 7th, 1 was reported from Hancock on the 5th, and 4 were seen in Nashua on August 10th

A NELSON’S SPARROW was seen off of Pollock Drive in Rye, and 2 were seen in Philbrick Marsh in North Hampton, both on August 9th.

A pair of EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Etna on August 5th, and 2 were seen in Freedom on the 4th.

2 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES and a BOREAL CHICKADEE were seen on the Caps Ridge Trail off of Jefferson Notch Road in the White Mountains on August 6th.

A RED CROSSBILL, 4 GRAY JAYS, 3 BOREAL CHICKADEES, and 3 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATHERS were reported from Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge on August 6th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported from Fowler’s Mill Road in Tamworth on August 8th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER and several BOREAL CHICKADEES were seen along East Inlet Road in Pittsburg on August 8th.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was reported from Ashland on August 5th.

A MOURNING WARBLER and a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO were seen in Etna on August 6th.

A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH were reported from Penacook on August 8th.

A colony of 13 pairs of PURPLE MARTINS is nesting along Cross Beach Road in Seabrook and 29 individuals were observed on August 8th.

118 CHIMNEY SWIFTS were seen entering a chimney to roost for the night at the Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, on August 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.

August 4, 2015

Wilson's Phalarope

Wilson’s Phalarope

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 3rd, 2015.

A WILSON’S PHALAROPE and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on August 1st. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was reported from coastal Rye on July 29th.

A RED KNOT was seen in Hampton Harbor on August 1st, and 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES were seen here on July 29th. Other shorebirds species reported from the coast during the past week included small numbers of WHIMBREL, PIPING PLOVER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER.

A pair of LEAST TERNS is nesting on the beach in Hampton Beach State Park, where they were seen with a chick on July 31st. 4 more LEAST TERNS were seen in Hampton Harbor on August 1st.

4 FORSTER’S TERNS were seen in Hampton Harbor on August 2nd.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen along the coast on August 1st.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON, 86 SNOWY EGRETS, 110 GREAT EGRETS, 23 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, 9 GLOSSY IBIS, and 45 GREAT BLUE HERONS were reported from the coast on August 1st. A GLOSSY IBIS was seen in Rochester on July 28th.

A LEAST BITTERN, 2 SORAS and a VIRGINIA RAIL were seen at World End Pond in Salem on August 2nd.

3 SANDHILL CRANES were seen behind the cemetery on Plains Road in Monroe on July 23rd and 27th, and again on August 1st.

At least 2 pairs of MISSISSIPPI KITES have nested in Newmarket this year and there is currently at least 1 youngster. The KITES have been seen flying near Gonet Road in Newmarket, and 1 has been reported on multiple occasions from Piscasssic Street. The most recent report was on August 2nd.

4 RED CROSSBILLS and a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL were reported from Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge on July 28th, and 29th.

3 BOREAL CHICKADEES were reported from East Branch Road in the Nash Stream State Forest on July 31st. A BAY–BREASTED WARBLER and an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER were seen on nearby Columbia Brook Road on July 31st.

A SPRUCE GROUSE was seen along the Mount Washington Auto Road on July 29th.

An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen in Walpole on August 1st.

A colony of 13 pairs of PURPLE MARTINS is nesting along Cross Beach Road in Seabrook and 23 individuals were observed on August 1st.

98 CHIMNEY SWIFTS were seen entering a chimney to roost for the night in Orford on July 30th.

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

 

July 27, 2015

American Avocet

American Avocet

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 27th, 2015.

At least 1 AMERICAN AVOCET was seen in Hampton Harbor on July 25th, and there were additional sightings of possibly the same individual reported from Seabrook Marsh on the 26th, and 27th.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen in the salt marsh located on the west side of Route 1A and just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, on July 19th, 20th, 21st, and 23rd.

A pair of LEAST TERNS is nesting on the beach in Hampton Beach State Park, where they were seen with a chick on July 25th. 3 more LEAST TERNS were seen at Meadow Pond in Hampton, also on the 25th.

2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at Jenness Beach in Rye on July 25th.

2 adult PIPING PLOVERS and 2 chicks were seen foraging on the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor on July 26th.

3 SANDHILL CRANES were seen behind the cemetery on Plains Road in Monroe on July 23rd, and 27th.

At least 2 pairs of MISSISSIPPI KITES have nested in Newmarket this year and there is currently at least 1 youngster. The KITES have been seen flying near Gonet Road in Newmarket, and 1 has been reported on multiple occasions from Piscasssic Street.

There were several sightings of PEREGRINE FALCONS, including juveniles, from Concord, Kingston, and Nashua during the past week.

7 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were seen at Cemetery Fields in Amherst on July 23rd.

FISH CROWS were reported from Durham and Nashua during the past week.

COMMON NIGHTHAWK fledglings have been reported from nest sites in Concord, Franklin, and North Conway – let’s hope they survive this vulnerable time!

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen near Little Cherry Pond at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on July 25th.

A colony of 13 pairs of PURPLE MARTINS is nesting along Cross Beach Road in Seabrook and up to 20 individuals were observed on July 25th.

An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen in Lyman on July 25th.

80 CHIMNEY SWIFTS were seen entering a chimney to roost for the night in Exeter on July 26th.

A probable fall season migrant PALM WARBLER was reported from Etna on July 22nd. For some birds, the summer is over!

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.

July 20, 2015

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

2 pairs of MISSISSIPPI KITES are nesting in Newmarket and there is currently at least 1 youngster. The KITES are most often seen flying near Gonet Road in Newmarket, but and 1 was reported from Piscasssic Street on July 14th, and again on the 16th.

3 juvenile PEREGRINE FALCONS were reported from Horseshoe Pond in Concord on July 16th.

2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen behind the cemetery on Plaines Road in Monroe on July 12th, and are probably still in the area.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at Jenness Beach in Rye on July 18th.

A pair of LEAST TERNS is nesting on the beach in Hampton Beach State Park, where they were seen with a chick on July 19th.

Birders on a Granite State Whale Watch cruise out of Rye Harbor on July 19th reported seeing: 6 CORY’S SHEARWATERS, 139 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS, WHIMBREL, 4 BLACK GUILLEMOTS, and a LAUGHING GULL.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen in the salt marsh located on the west side of Route 1A and just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, on July 19th and 20th.

5 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in Hampton on July 18th, and 1 was seen in New Castle on the 17th.

6 PIPING PLOVERS were reported from Hampton Beach State Park on July 18th. If you visit the beach, please keep an eye out for these small sand-colored birds.

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on July 16th. 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.

2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were seen at Cemetery Fields in Amherst on July 14th.

7 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from the Magalloway River Trail, part of the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge in Wentworth’s Location, on July 18th.

2 families of SPRUCE GROUSE totaling 14 birds, and 4 GRAY JAYS were seen on the Davis Path by hikers en route to Mount Isolation in the White Mountains on July 17th.

2 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were reported from Jefferson on July 16th.

21 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES and 4 BOREAL CHICKADEES were reported from the Carter-Moriah trail in the White Mountains on July 18th.

7 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES and a BOREAL CHICKADEE were reported from Cannon Mountain in the White Mountains on July 19th.

2 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen on Mount Washington (where they nest) on July 17th.

A pair of EVENING GROSBEAKS was reported from Lyman on July 13th.

A colony of 13 pairs of PURPLE MARTINS are nesting along Cross Beach Road in Seabrook and up to 40 individuals were observed on July 10th. At least 4 PURPLE MARTINS were reported from Fun Spot in Laconia on July 18th.

A flock of 6 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS was seen in Springfield on July 18th.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen in Madison on July 17th.

There was an unconfirmed report of a GOLDEN EAGLE in Bartlett on July 13th.

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

July 13, 2015

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

A WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen in the salt marsh near Huckleberry Lane in Hampton on July 5th, and was reported again from coastal marshes on the 12th. 14 GLOSSY IBIS’ were seen in the Little River salt marsh on July 11th.

2 pairs of MISSISSIPPI KITES are nesting in Newmarket and currently have at least 1 chick. The KITES are most often seen flying near Gonet Road in Newmarket and 1 was reported from that area on July 12th.

2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen behind the cemetery on Plaines Road in Monroe on July 12th.

A pair of LEAST TERNS is nesting on the beach in Hampton Beach State Park, where 3 adults and a chick were seen on July 7th.

A few PIPING PLOVERS continued to be reported from Hampton Beach State Park and Seabrook Town Beach during the past week. At least 1 of the newly hatched chicks, which are the color of beach-sand, accidentally perished beneath the feet of pedestrian traffic on the beach – if you visit the beach, please keep an eye out for these small hard-to-see birds.

A colony of 13 pairs of PURPLE MARTINS are nesting along Cross Beach Road in Seabrook and 8 individuals were observed on July 6th.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was reported from the Newington side of the Pease International Tradeport on July 9th.

7 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were counted at the Cemetery Fields in Amherst on July 6th.

2 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS, 6 SPRUCE GROUSE, 6 GRAY JAYS, and 4 BOREAL CHICKADEES were reported from East Inlet Road in Pittsburg on July 11th.

2 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS, a SPRUCE GROUSE, 4 GRAY JAYS, 6 BOREAL CHICKADEES, 10 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES, and 5 FOX SPARROWS were reported from high-elevation hiking trails on the east side of Crawford Notch in the White Mountains on July 11th.

2 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were reported from the summit area of Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch on July 12th, and there were a few reports of BICKNELL’S THRUSHES from hiking trails in the White Mountains during the past week.

2 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from the Nash Stream State Forest on July 9th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported from Lyman on July 13th, and 1 was reported from Chatham on the 11th.

3 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Hillsborough on July 11th.

8 FISH CROWS were tallied in coastal Hampton on July 11th.

A NELSON’S SPARROW was again reported from Philbrick Marsh along Route 1A in North Hampton 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. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon web site, www.nhaudubon.org

Thanks very much and good birding.

July 7, 2015

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

A WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen with a flock of 7 GLOSSY IBIS in the salt marsh near Huckleberry Lane in Hampton on July 5th.

2 pairs of MISSISSIPPI KITES are nesting in Newmarket and currently have at least 1 chick. The KITES are most often seen flying near Gonet Road in Newmarket and were last reported on July 5th.

A ROYAL TERN was seen in Hampton Harbor on July 2nd, but has not been relocated.

A pair of LEAST TERNS is nesting on the beach in Hampton Beach State Park, and 2-more adults were seen flying nearby on July 5th.

A few PIPING PLOVERS continued to be reported from Hampton Beach State Park and Seabrook Town Beach during the past week

A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Concord on July 2nd.

3 SANDHILL CRANES were seen behind the cemetery on Plains Road in Monroe on June 27th, and are likely to still be in the area..

3 BRANT were seen in coastal Rye on July 3rd.

An out-of-season HORNED GREBE was seen in Hampton Marsh on July 4th.

A colony of 13 pairs of PURPLE MARTINS are nesting along Cross Beach Road in Seabrook and were last counted on July 2nd.

Single AMERICAN BITTERNS were reported from Hampton, Durham, Sunapee, and Whitefield during the past week.

3 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, and 2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Pease International Tradeport on July 5th.

A female SPRUCE GROUSE with 6 chicks was seen at the Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge on July 3rd, and another female with 3 chicks was seen at Dixville Peak on July 2nd.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen along Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on July 4th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, several BOREAL CHICKADEES, a GRAY JAY, and a few BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were all reported from the Caps Ridge Trail off of Jefferson Notch Road in the White Mountains on June 27th, and again on July 3rd.

5 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES, and 3 GRAY JAYS were reported from near the summit of Mount Tom in the White Mountains on July 5th.

A NELSON’S SPARROW was reported from Philbrick Marsh along Route 1A in North Hampton on July 4th.

Highlights of birds seen on a whale-watching cruise on the Granite State Whale Watch out of Rye Harbor on July 4th included: 14 CORY’S SHEARWATERS, 2 GREAT SHEARWATERS, 6 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, 120 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS, a NORTHERN GANNET, a GREAT CORMORANT, a COMMON MURRE, 2 ROSEATE TERNS, and 50 COMMON TERNS

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

June 29, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, June 29th, 2015

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen flying near Gonet Road in Newmarket on June 25th.

3 SANDHILL CRANES were seen behind the cemetery on Plains Road in Monroe on June 27th.

An ARCTIC TERN, a ROSEATE TERN, 20 COMMON TERNS, 2 LAUGHING GULLS, 6 BONAPARTE’S GULLS, a PIPING PLOVER, and a PURPLE MARTIN were all seen in Hampton Harbor on June 27th.

A LEAST BITTERN was reported from World End Pond in Salem on June 24th.

2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen in Lancaster on June 19th, and 1 was seen in North Conway on the 27th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, 7 BOREAL CHICKADEES, a GRAY JAY, and 5 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were all reported from the Caps Ridge Trail off of Jefferson Notch Road in the White Mountains on June 27th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was reported from the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on June 27th.

A SPRUCE GROUSE was seen on Mount Guyot in the White Mountains on June 25th.

A birder hiking in the Franconia ridge area of Crawford Notch reported 8 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES, a PHILADELPHIA VIREO, a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and a FOX SPARROW all on June 27th.

5 FOX SPARROWS, 2 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES, several GRAY JAYS, and several BOREAL CHICKADEES were all reported from Dummer Pond Road in Dummer on June 26th.

A PALM WARBLER was reported from Crawford Notch on June 24th.

2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Cemetery Fields in Amherst on June 26th.

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were both heard vocalizing at New Hampshire Audubon’s Dahl Sanctuary in North Conway on June 27th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, and 2 CANADA WARBLERS were reported from New Hampshire Audubon’s Watts Sanctuary in Effingham on June 27th.

An estimated 40 BANK SWALLOWS and 6 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were seen foraging on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on June 29th.

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

June 23, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, June 22nd, 2015.

An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was heard singing along the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on June 16th.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen along the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on June 17th.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen flying near Gonet Road in Newmarket on June 19th.

2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen behind the cemetery on Plains Road in Monroe on June 16th.

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was reported from the Concord Airport on June 20th.

There were several reports of UPLAND SANDPIPERS during the past week at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth.

2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and 4 CANADA WARBLERS were reported from Elbow Pond in Woodstock on June 16th.

A MOURNING WARBLER was seen along Ravine Camp Road in Woodstock on June 16th, and 1 was seen along Base Station Road near Jefferson Notch Road on June 19th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was reported from Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on June 19th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, 2 BOREAL CHICKADEES, and a BICKNELL’S THRUSH were all seen on the Caps Ridge Trail off of Jefferson Notch Road in the White Mountains on June 19th.

6 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKRS, 2 SPRUCE GROUSE, 15 GRAY JAYS, 8 BOREAL CHICKADEES, 2 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES, 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, 2 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, 1 FOX SPARROW, 1 CAPE MAY WARBLER, 5 MOURNING WARBLERS, and 17 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS were reported from Pittsburg during the past week.

A female SPRUCE GROUSE with several young in tow, 4 BOREAL CHICKADEES, a RED CROSSBILL, and 2 CAPE MAY WARBLERS were all seen at the Mollidgewock Brook Road area of the Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge on June 18th.

3 BICKNELL’S THRUSH, 3 GRAY JAYS, and a CAPE MAY WARBLER were reported from Sugarloaf Mountain Trail in Stark on June 20th.

2 EVENING GROSBEAKS, 2 BOREAL CHICKADEES, and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD were reported from Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge on June 21st.

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

 

 

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