Rare Bird Alert

July 27, 2016

7 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in Seabrook on several days during the past week, of which 6 were seen in a marsh on Worthley Avenue.

7 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in Seabrook on several days during the past week, of which 6 were seen in a marsh on Worthley Avenue.

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

A MISSISSIPPI KITE nest was found with 1 chick, and at least 3 adults were seen in the same area, in Newmarket on July 23rd.

A SANDHILL CRANE has been seen somewhat regularly in a partially mowed hayfield along Route 127 in West Hopkinton since July 19th and was last reported on the 25th.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and they were most recently reported on July 22nd. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields.

7 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in Seabrook on several days during the past week, of which 6 were seen in a marsh on Worthley Avenue.

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

14 GLOSSY IBIS were seen in Kingston on July 22nd, and 6 were seen in Portsmouth on the 21st.

3 GREAT EGRETS were seen in Plainfield on July 20th. A GREAT EGRET was seen in Elmbrook Park in West Hopkinton on July 21st.

2 LEAST TERNS were seen in Hampton on July 23rd.

Birders on a whale watch cruise out of Rye Harbor reported a CORY’S SHEARWATER, a LAUGHING GULL, and 20 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS on July 20th.

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen in Hampton Marsh on July 24th.

A RUDDY DUCK and an AMERICAN WIGEON were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on July 23rd.

25 PURPLE MARTINS were seen along the coast at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on July 23rd.

A RED CROSSBILL and 2 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from Pittsfield on July 19th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Lebanon on July 21st.

At least 75 TURKEY VULTURES were seen soaring over West Lebanon on July 21st.

An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Ponemah Bog Sanctuary in Amherst on July 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. 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 20, 2016

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was heard in Durham on July 16th.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was heard in Durham on July 16th.

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

A WHITE IBIS was seen flying over Seabrook near the Massachusetts border on July 15th.

36 GLOSSY IBIS, 10 GREAT BLUE HERONS, 16 GREAT EGRETS, 44 SNOWY EGRETS, and 2 GREEN HERONS were tallied along the coast on July 16th. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen in Seabrook on the 17th.

2 LEAST BITTERNS were reported from World End Pond in Salem on July 16th. Also present were 4 VIRGINIA RAILS.

30 ROSEATE TERNS were seen in Hampton Harbor on July 12th.

Birders on a whale watch cruise out of Rye Harbor reported seeing several CORY’S SHEARWATERS, SOOTY SHEARWATERS, and GREAT SHEARWATERS on July 13th.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen soaring over downtown Newmarket on July 16th.

2 BLACK VULTURES were seen soaring over Westmoreland on July 17th.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and they were most recently reported on June 26th. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields.

8 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on July 13th.

16 PURPLE MARTINS were seen along the coast on July 17th.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was heard in Durham on July 16th.

2 NELSON’S SPARROWS were seen at the end of Pollock Drive in Rye on July 17th.

A female RUDDY DUCK was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on July 17th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen from the Caps Ridge Trail off of the Jefferson Notch Road in the White Mountains on July 15th.

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

July 11, 2016

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A GREAT SHEARWATER was seen along the coast of North Hampton on July 10th.

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

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen in treetops located near the boat launch at the end of Piscassic Street in Newmarket on July 4th.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and they were most recently reported on June 26th. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields.

1,172 CORY’S SHEARWATERS, 206 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, 2 GREAT SHEARWATERS, and an unidentified JAEGER were tallied along the coast of North Hampton on July 10th.

10 CORY’S SHEARWATERS, 2 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, 2 MANX SHEARWATERS, and a WHIMBREL were seen along the coast on July 9th.

Birders on a whale watch cruise out of Rye Harbor reported seeing 45 CORY’S SHEARWATERS, 6 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, a MANX SHEARWATER, a GREAT SHEARWATER, and an estimated 50 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS on July 5th.

A LEACH’S STORM-PETREL was seen off shore on July 6th.

A ROYAL TERN was seen near the coast on July 9th.

2 LEAST TERNS and 2 ROSEATE TERNS were reported from Hampton on July 9th.

4 GLOSSY IBIS were reported from the coast on July 9th, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 5th.

6 PURPLE MARTINS were seen along the coast on July 9th.

3 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on July 7th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, a MOURNING WARBLER, a TENNESSEE WARBLER, and several BOREAL CHICKADEES and GRAY JAYS were reported from Pittsburg on July 4th.

8 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were reported from the Caps Ridge Trail located at the height of Jefferson Notch Road in the White Mountains on July 10th.

This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and press 4 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the recording or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail. 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 5, 2016

2 GLOSSY IBIS were seen flying off of the coast on July 3rd.

2 GLOSSY IBIS were seen flying off of the coast on July 3rd.

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

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen in treetops located near the boat launch at the end of Piscassic Street in Newmarket on July 3rd.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and they were most recently reported on June 26th. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields.

14 CORY’S SHEARWATERS were seen at Jeffrey’s Ledge off of the coast on July 3rd. Also present were a few SOOTY SHEARWATERS and GREAT SHEARWATERS, as well as numerous WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS.

2 ARCTIC TERNS were seen from Star Island in the Isles of Shoals on June 28th.

A pair of LEAST TERNS and a pair of PIPING PLOVERS were reported from Hampton Beach on July 3rd.

3 NORTHERN GANNETS, and 2 GLOSSY IBIS were seen flying off of the coast on July 3rd.

8 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from North Pack Monadnock and 2 were reported from Mount Monadnock, all on July 2nd.

14 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on June 30th, and 8 were reported from the Cemetery Fields in Amherst on July 2nd.

PURPLE MARTIN sightings during the past week included 11 at coastal sites on July 2nd, and 8 at the FunSpot in Laconia on July 1st.

A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen in Lyman on June 28th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported from the Douglas Brook wetlands off of Bear Notch Road in Bartlett on July 3rd.

At least 15 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were reported from the north slopes of Mount Adams on July 2nd.

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

June 28, 2016

A FOX SPARROW was reported from Tripoli Road in Livermore on June 24th.

A FOX SPARROW was reported from Tripoli Road in Livermore on June 24th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, June 27th, 2016.

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen in treetops located near the boat launch at the end of Piscassic Street in Newmarket on June 25th.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and they were most recently reported on June 26th. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields.

An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was reported from Bennett Road near Route 108 in Durham on June 23rd.

A REDHEAD was discovered at the Lancaster Wastewater Treatment Plant on June 18th, and has been seen there numerous times since then. It was last reported on the 24th.

A SURF SCOTER was seen on Ossipee Lake on June 22nd.

3 CORY’S SHEARWATERS were seen at Jeffrey’s Ledge off of the coast on June 26th.

A pair of LEAST TERNS (with a chick), and a pair of PIPING PLOVERS (with at least 1 chick) were all reported from Hampton Beach on June 21st.

2 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from New Hampshire Audubon’s dePierrefeu-Willard Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Antrim on June 25th.

A FOX SPARROW was reported from Tripoli Road in Livermore on June 24th.

5 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from Cemetery Fields in Amherst, and 5 were reported from the Manchester landfill, all on June 22nd.

A MOURNING WARBLER, a PHILADELPHIA VIREO, a WILSON’S SNIPE, a PIED-BILLED GREBE, and 5 GRAY JAYS were reported from Scott Bog Road, and 3 MOURNING WARBLERS, a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, 5 BOREAL CHICKADEES, 3 GRAY JAYS, a BLACKPOLL WARBLER, a BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and 4 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were reported from East Inlet Road, all in Pittsburg on June 25th and 26th.

A female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, a GRAY JAY and 2 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were reported by a hiker on the Caps Ridge Trail in Jefferson on June 26th.

4 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were reported from Cannon Mountain on June 26th.

A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO were reported from Pickering Ponds in Rochester on June 22nd.

This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and press 4 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the recording or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail. 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, 2016

4 AMERICAN PIPITS, 4 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES, a FOX SPARROW, and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were all reported from the Mount Washington Auto Road on June 19th

4 AMERICAN PIPITS, 4 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES, a FOX SPARROW, and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were all reported from the Mount Washington Auto Road on June 19th

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, June 20th, 2016.

4 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen in treetops located near the boat launch at the end of Piscassic Street in Newmarket on June 18th.

A REDHEAD was seen at the Lancaster Wastewater Treatment Plant on June 18th, 19th, and 20th.

A pair of LEAST TERNS, and a pair of PIPING PLOVERS (with 3 chicks!) were all reported from Hampton Beach on June 19th.

2 LAUGHING GULLS, 2 ROSEATE TERNS, and 23 GREAT EGRETS were all seen in Hampton Harbor on June 19th.

4 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at the FunSpot in Laconia on June 17th, and 6 were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on the 20th.

A pair of EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Derry on June 18th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen on the trail to Little Cherry Pond and a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen at Cherry Pond, both at New Hampshire Audubon’s Pondicherry Wildlife Sanctuary on June 18th.

A pair of BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS and 3 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from the trail between Mounts Starr King and Waumbek in Jefferson on June 18th, and a female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen by a hiker on Mount Willey in Crawford Notch on the 18th.

4 AMERICAN PIPITS, 4 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES, a FOX SPARROW, and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were all reported from the Mount Washington Auto Road on June 19th, and a FOX SPARROW was reported from Magalloway Mountain Road in Pittsburg on June 16th.

6 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were reported from Cannon Mountain on June 18th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported from along Hurd Hill Road in Lyman on June 18th and 20th.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and they were most recently reported on June 12th. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields.

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

June 15, 2016

Mississippi Kite

Single MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen in Newmarket on June 8th, 11th, and 12th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, June 13th, 2016.

Single MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen in Newmarket on June 8th, 11th, and 12th.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Westmoreland on June 8th.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and they were most recently reported on June 12th. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields.

An AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was seen at Hampton Beach on June 6th.

3 ARCTIC TERNS were seen on Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, on June 14th, and a COMMON TERN was seen at Lake Umbagog in Errol on June 10th.

A RUDDY DUCK was seen in Rochester on June 7th.

8 PURPLE MARTINS were seen in Seabrook on June 10th.

7 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on June 14th, 5 were reported from the Manchester landfill on the 9th, and 1 was reported from the Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Swanzey on the 9th.

A FOX SPARROW was seen at Fourth Connecticut Lake in Pittsburg on June 11th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER nest was reported from the Kinsman Ridge Trail on the north side of South Kinsman 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. 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 31, 2016

Parasitic Jaeger

A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen along the coast on May 28th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 30th, 2016.

A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen in East Kingston on May 25th, but has not been relocated.

A female BLUE GROSBEAK was seen in Seabrook on May 28th.

A LARK SPARROW was reported from Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, on May 26th, and a KING EIDER was seen off of Star Island on the 23rd.

5 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen in Newmarket on May 28th.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen soaring over Candia on May 26th.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and they were most recently seen on May 29th. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields.

2 PACIFIC LOONS were seen off of the coast of North Hampton on May 30th. Also seen were 4 RED-THROATED LOONS and 15 COMMON LOONS.

A MANX SHEARWATER was seen along the coast in North Hampton on May 30th, and a SOOTY SHEARWATER was seen along the coast in Rye on May 29th.

A PARASITIC JAEGER and a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE were seen along the coast on May 28th.

A TRICOLORED HERON was seen along Route 1A just beyond the north side of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, on May 29th.

A flock of 20 GLOSSY IBIS were seen along the coast on May 30th.

A COMMON GALLINULE was seen at Airport Marsh on Hazen Road in Whitefield on May 20th. 21st, and 22nd, and was last reported on the 27th. A possible NELSON’S SPARROW was reported here on May 25th.

An AMERICAN COOT was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on May 29th.

2 ROSEATE TERNS were seen along the coast in Rye on May 28th, and 2 possible ARCTIC TERNS were seen in Hampton Harbor on May 24th.

A NORTHERN SHOVELER was reported from the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on May 27th, and 1 was seen in Meadow Pond in Hampton on the 28th.

A CERULEAN WARBLER was seen in Durham on May 27th, and a MOURNING WARBLER was seen in Durham on May 29th.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO, a BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, 18 CANADA WARBLERS, and 28 SWAINSON’S THRUSHES were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on May 25th.

Up to 5 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were reported from the Rim Trail atop Cannon Mountain on May 29th, and 4 were reported from the Mount Washington Auto Road on the 27th.

2 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Old Cherry Mountain Road, and 6 were seen on Mount Clinton Road in the White Mountains on May 24th.

8 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on May 25th, and 11 were reported from the Cemetery Fields in Amherst on the 28th.

A SALTMARSH SPARROW was seen in Hampton Marsh on May 28th.

A few WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were reported during the past week.

This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and press 4 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the recording or send your sightings to the RBA via e-mail. 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 24, 2016

An estimated 140 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen migrating over North Sandwich, 11 were seen in Rochester, and 5 were seen on the shore of Lily Pond in Gilford, all on May 20th.

An estimated 140 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen migrating over North Sandwich, 11 were seen in Rochester, and 5 were seen on the shore of Lily Pond in Gilford, all on May 20th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 23rd, 2016.

A PACIFIC LOON was seen off of the coast of North Hampton on May 22nd.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in a field in Berlin on May 21st. A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and they were most recently seen on May 22nd. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen in Newmarket on May 20th, and 22nd.

A COMMON GALLINULE was seen at Airport Marsh on Hazen Road in Whitefield on May 20th. 21st, and 22nd.

A CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW and a WHITE-WINGED DOVE were reported from Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, on May 21st.

An AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was seen off the coast of Seabrook on May 22nd.

3 LEAST TERNS and 2 ROSEATE TERNS were seen in coastal Hampton on May 18th, and an unidentified JAEGER was seen off the coast on May 22nd.

2 LEAST BITTERNS were reported from Salem on May 21st, and 7 GLOSSY IBIS were seen flying along the coast on May 22nd.

An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was reported from East Weare Road near Clough State Park on May 21st.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was reported from Pittsfield on May 19th.

A DICKCISSEL was seen at Moore Fields on Route 155A in Durham on May 19th.

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at the Concord Airport, and 1 was seen in Nashua, both on May 17th.

A CERULEAN WARBLER was reported from Mount Wantastiquet in Hinsdale on May 20th and 21st.

A BREWSTER’S WARBLER was seen along Bennett Road in Durham on May 17th.

20 BRANT were seen along the coast in Rye on May 20th.

7 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were seen at Airport Marsh on Hazen Road in Whitefield on May 18th, 2 were seen on Lake Wantastiquet in Hinsdale on the 21st, and 1 was seen in Penacook on the 20th.

2 RED-NECKED GREBES and an AMERICAN WIGEON were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on May 22nd.

5 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen on Squam Lake on May 17th.

2 PIPING PLOVERS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park, and 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen at the Pease International Tradeport, all on May 22nd.

20 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen along the coast on May 22nd.

An estimated 140 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen migrating over North Sandwich, 11 were seen in Rochester, and 5 were seen on the shore of Lily Pond in Gilford, all on May 20th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported from Trudeau Road in Bethlehem, and 1 was reported from Huntress Bridge Road in Effingham, both on May 22nd.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO and an EVENING GROSBEAK were seen in Rumney on May 17th, and an EVENING GROSBEAK was seen in Richmond on May 18th.

A pair of MERLINS was seen in New London on May 18th, and a pair was seen in Tilton on the 23rd.

2 RED CROSSBILLS were seen in Effingham on May 22nd.

BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were reported from near Little Cherry Pond in Jefferson, and from Trudeau Road in Bethlehem, during the past week.

A hiker in the White Mountains south of Mount Washington reported a SPRUCE GROUSE, 7 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES, and 4 FOX SPARROWS on May 22nd.

A few WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were reported during the past week.

A few COMMON NIGHTHAWKS 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. 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 18, 2016

A LEAST BITTERN was seen in Salem on May 11.

A LEAST BITTERN was seen in Salem on May 11.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 16th, 2016.

2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen flying over Newmarket on May 10th.

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

A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on May 15th.

A LEAST BITTERN was seen in Salem on May 11th.

3 AMERICAN BITTERNS were reported from Airport Marsh in Whitefield on May 14th.

A SORA was reported from Geremonty marsh in Salem on May 10th.

A PIED-BILLED GREBE was reported from Lisbon on May 15th, 1 was heard in Durham on the 15th, and 1 was reported from Tufttonboro on the 14th.

2 RED KNOTS were seen in Hampton Marsh on May 12th.

3 PIPING PLOVERS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on May 14th.

2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen at the Pease International Tradeport on May 16th.

20 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen along the coast in North Hampton on May 14th.

A WILLET was spotted flying over Salem on May 10th.

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 13 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and 4 LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on May 11th. The treatment plant is gated and the hours of operation are 7:30-3:00 on weekdays. If you visit, please check in at the office and be out of the plant by 2:45 so that plant personnel do not have to ask birders to leave. Do not drive on the dikes and do not block the road. The Trails at Pickering Ponds, located east of the plant, are not gated, and are always open during daylight hours.

A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and a GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen at Lake Sunapee on May 13th.

2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on May 13th.

7 RED CROSSBILLS were seen in Whitefield on May 13th.

3 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Hancock on May 14th.

A CAPE MAY WARBLER was seen in Durham on May 10th, 1 was seen in Ashland on the 11th, 2 were seen in Hanover on the 11th, and 1 was seen in Jefferson on the 14th.

A BAY-BREASTED WARBLER was seen in Keene on May 10th, and 1 was seen in Jefferson on the 14th.

A TENNESSEE WARBLER was reported from Weare , and 1 was seen in Charlestown, both on May 14th.

2 BLACKPOLL WARBLERS were seen in Charlestown on May 13th.

There were a few possible sightings of CERULEAN WARBLER in the Connecticut River valley during the past week.

2 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were seen at Pisgah State Park in Chesterfield on May 13th, 1 was seen in Westmoreland on the 14th, 1 was seen in Hinsdale on the 14th, and a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was heard in Weare on the 14th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and an ALDER FLYCATCHER were both reported from Creek Farm in Portsmouth on May 14th. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported from Kingston on the 15th. A WILLOW FLYCATCHER was reported from Landing Road in Hampton on May 13th.

2 PURPLE MARTINS were seen in Seabrook on May 13th.

ORCHARD ORIOLES were reported from Rochester, Dover, Nottingham, and Nashua during the past week.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen near Little Cherry Pond in Jefferson on May 14th.

A few WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were reported during the past week.

50 COMMON TERNS were seen along the coast in Rye on May 14th.

20 BANK SWALLOWS were seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on May 14th.

51 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 8 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 89 CHIMNEY SWIFTS, 29 CLIFF SWALLOWS, and 705 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES were counted migrating north along the coast on May 10th.

Spring arrivals reported during the past week included: LEAST FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, AMERICAN PIPIT, WILSON’S WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, and INDIGO BUNTING.

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The quickest way to alert other birders to something unusual is through the NH.Birds e-mail list where people post and receive sightings instantly. For more information on subscribing and posting, click here.

If you cannot use NH.Birds, e-mail your unusual sighting to birdsetc@nhaudubon.org and our Volunteer Naturalists will pass it along as they are able.

Your sightings are also important for bird conservation. You can contribute to the state’s knowledge of birds by entering your sightings in NH eBird. It’s easy to set up an account and then you’re ready to start. eBird is also a great way for you to keep track of your personal sightings. The data forms the basis for the New Hampshire Bird Records publication about birds and birding in New Hampshire.