Rare Bird Alert

February 15, 2017

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A DOVEKIE was seen off the coast of Rye on February 12th.

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

A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th and it has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on January 31st. The bird has been seen visiting a birdfeeder on the side of a house at 117 Westport Village Road and has been visible from the road. The house is very close to the road, which is very busy with little room for parking. The best option may be to park on the southeast side of the road between Depot Road and Sandy Road just south of the feeder location and walk to the feeders. Be sure to leave adequate room for large trucks to get by and do not block any driveways. Please be respectful of the neighbors. The bird has usually been seen in the mid-morning and early afternoon, and has also been seen across the street and along Depot Road and Sandy Road.

An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported from a birdfeeder in Epping on February 12th.

A SNOWY OWL was reported from along Briar Road in Bedford on February 8th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in a marshy section of the Sugar River along Route 11 between Sleeper and Treatment Plant Roads on February 13th. If you look for this bird, be extremely careful, as the speed limit here is 50-MPH. Another NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along Route 10 in Orford on the 7th and 8th.

A DOVEKIE was seen off the coast of Rye, and a THICK-BILLED MURRE was seen off the coast of Hampton, both on February 12th.

An ICELAND GULL, an AMERICAN WIGEON, 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS, a GREEN-WINGED TEAL, a RING-NECKED DUCK, and 2 LESSER SCAUP were all seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on February 11th.

3 GADWALLS were seen at the Oyster River town landing in Durham on February 9th.

2 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen on the Merrimack River in Concord on February 8th, and a WOOD DUCK was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on February 8th.

60 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 20 COMMON MERGANSERS, and 20 HOODED MERGANSERS were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on February 8th.

A flock of 18 PINE GROSBEAKS was seen in North Sandwich on February 13th.

A flock of 18 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Jefferson on February 11th.

A flock of about 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen behind the fire department in Conway, and a flock of 25 was seen in Plymouth, all on February 10th. Several more were seen in Hanover on the 7th.

A flock of 70 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen at River Road in Plainfield, and a flock of 60 HORNED LARKS was seen behind the Agway store in Walpole, all on February 11th.

A WINTER WREN was reported from Hollis, and a CAROLINA WREN was reported from Derry, both on February 11th.

3 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen at Kimball Road in Kensington on February 11th.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in New Ipswich on February 12th.

A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Pittsfield on February 11th, and 1 was seen in Hooksett on the 7th.

A FIELD SPARROW was seen several times at Boire Field in Nashua during the past week, and a FOX SPARROW was seen in Goffstown on February 9th.

15 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen at a bird-feeding station in Jefferson on February 11th.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on February 8th.

2 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Nashua, and single TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Exeter, Epping, Salem, and Hollis, all during the past week.

A FISH CROW was reported from Nashua on February 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.

Thanks very much and good birding.

February 8, 2017

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A WINTER WREN was seen at the Milford Fish Hatchery, and 1 was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester, both on February 4th.

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

A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th and it has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on January 31st. The bird has been seen visiting a birdfeeder on the side of a house at 117 Westport Village Road and has been visible from the road. The house is very close to the road, which is very busy with little room for parking. The best option may be to park on the southeast side of the road between Depot Road and Sandy Road just south of the feeder location and walk to the feeders. Be sure to leave adequate room for large trucks to get by and do not block any driveways. Please be respectful of the neighbors. The bird has usually been seen in the mid-morning and early afternoon, and has also been seen across the street and along Depot Road and Sandy Road.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at NH Audubon’s Thompson Wildlife Sanctuary in North Sandwich on February 1st, and 1 was seen in Epping on the 5th.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen in North Hampton on February 5th.

A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Exeter on February 3rd.

A MERLIN was seen in Rye on February 5th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL an ICELAND GULL, and a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE were seen in or near Hampton Harbor on February 5th.

2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen near Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on February 5th, and 2 BUFFLEHEADS have been seen in the same area. Another BUFFLEHEAD has been seen regularly on Silver Lake in Belmont.

3 GADWALLS were seen at the Oyster River town landing in Durham on February 2nd.

A WOOD DUCK was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on February 1st, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 5th.

12 RAZORBILLS were seen along the coast on February 5th.

A flock of about 200 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen near the L.L. Bean store in North Conway on February 5th, a flock of 20 was seen in Sandwich on January 30th, and a few were reported from Etna, Hanover, and Plainfield during the past week.

A WINTER WREN was seen at the Milford Fish Hatchery, and 1 was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester, both on February 4th.

5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen along Kimball Road in Kensington on February 3rd.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported from Durham on January 31st.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in New Ipswich on February 4th.

15 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen at the Bradford Village Inn on February 3rd.

A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Pittsfield on February 5th.

7 SAVANNAH SPARROWS were seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on February 3rd.

7 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Kensington on February 1st.

A PURPLE SANDPIPER was seen in Rye on February 5th.

The Annual Backyard Winter Bird Survey takes place during the second weekend in February and is coordinated by NH Audubon. Participants report any bird species visiting their yard and/or feeders in New Hampshire. The survey gathers information on the distribution and abundance of many winter species in New Hampshire. To learn more about the Survey, how to participate, past results, and other information, navigate to: http://nhbirdrecords.org/bird-conservation/bwbs/backyard-winter-bird-survey/

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

February 1, 2017

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Bohemian waxwing flocks reported in multiple locations for this week’s bird alert.

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


A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th and it has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on January 29th. The bird has been seen visiting a birdfeeder on the side of a house at 117 Westport Village Road and has been visible from the road. The house is very close to the road, which is very busy with little room for parking. The best option may be to park on the southeast side of the road between Depot Road and Sandy Road just south of the feeder location and walk to the feeders. Be sure to leave adequate room for large trucks to get by and do not block any driveways. Please be respectful of the neighbors. The bird has usually been seen in the mid-morning and early afternoon, and has also been seen across the street and along Depot Road and Sandy Road.
A SNOWY OWL was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on January 28th. For more information about proper owl viewing etiquette, please open the link:
http://www.nhaudubon.org/snowy-owl-viewing-observe-without-disturbing/

A flock of 9 PINE GROSBEAKS was seen in downtown Center Sandwich on January 26th, and 3 were seen at Chickwolnepy Road in Milan on the 28th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the Keene Airport in Swanzey on January 28th, 1 was seen in Center Harbor on the 27th, and 1 was seen off of East Milan Road in Berlin, on the 28th.

A flock of 140 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen behind the L.L. Bean store in North Conway on January 28th, a flock of 125 was seen along King Road in Etna on the 28th, a flock of 75 was seen on the Plymouth University campus on the 27th, a flock of 35 was seen along Route 302 north of Glen on the 28th, a flock of 15 was seen in Errol on the 28th, a flock of 20 was seen on Lost Nation Road in Lancaster on the 26th, and a flock of 17 was seen in Sunapee on the 26th.

A flock of 70 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Lancaster on January 28th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in Hampton Harbor on January 28th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen several times in Hampton Harbor during the past week, and an ICELAND GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on January 28th.

Several RAZORBILLS were seen off of the coast of Rye on January 28th, and 6 BLACK GUILLEMOTS were seen along the coast on the 29th.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON, a BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, and a REDHEAD were seen in the southern part of Great Bay on January 28th.

2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen near Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on January 28th.

3 GADWALLS were seen at the Oyster River town landing in Durham on January 29th.

3 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen at Field’s Grove in Nashua, and 1 was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, all on January 28th.

A WOOD DUCK was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on January 25th, and 1 was seen in Wheelwright Creek in Exeter on the 28th.

A CAROLINA WREN was reported from Henniker on January 24th, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 28th.

A WINTER WREN was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on January 26th.

A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen in Rye on January 28th.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Keene on January 26th.

A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was seen along Woodland Road in North Hampton on January 28th.

6 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen along Kimball Road in Kensington on January 29th.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Hampton on January 22nd, and 1 was seen in Rye on the 28th.

4 FISH CROWS were reported from Salem on January 29th.

A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen along River Road in Stratham on January 29th.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in New Ipswich on January 28th.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen in Exeter and 1 was seen in Hollis, a MERLIN was seen at Hampton Beach State Park, and a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Stratham, all on January 28th.

23 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Exeter on January 28th.

A flock of 54 HORNED LARKS was seen at Bodwell Farm in East Kingston on January 29th, and 13 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Malnati Farm in Walpole on the 28th.

The Annual Backyard Winter Bird Survey takes place during the second weekend in February and is coordinated by NH Audubon. Participants report any bird species visiting their yard and/or feeders in New Hampshire. The survey gathers information on the distribution and abundance of many winter species in New Hampshire. To learn more about the Survey, how to participate, past results, and other information, navigate to: http://nhbirdrecords.org/bird-conservation/bwbs/backyard-winter-bird-survey/

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.

January 23, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 23rd, 2017.

A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th and it has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on January 23rd. The bird has been seen visiting a birdfeeder on the side of a house at 117 Westport Village Road and has been visible from the road. The house is very close to the road, which is very busy with little room for parking. The best option may be to park on the southeast side of the road between Depot Road and Sandy Road just south of the feeder location and walk to the feeders. Be sure to leave adequate room for large trucks to get by and do not block any driveways. Please be respectful of the neighbors. The bird has usually been seen in the mid-morning and early afternoon, and has also been seen across the street and along Depot Road and Sandy Road.

A SNOWY OWL was seen just north of Rye Harbor State Park on January 22nd.

For more information about owl viewing, open the link:

http://www.nhaudubon.org/snowy-owl-viewing-observe-without-disturbing/

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on January 17th, 1 was seen along Airport Road at the Keene Airport in Swanzey on the 17th, 1 was seen at a private residence in Sandwich on the 21st, and 1 was seen along Route 10 in Croydon on the 22nd.

A flock of 130 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen behind the L.L. Bean store in North Conway on January 21st, a flock of 60 was seen on Main Street in Center Sandwich on the 19th, 7 were seen in the Shaw’s parking lot in Gilford on the 23rd, and 6 were seen on Ossipee Mountain Road in Moultonborough on the 17th.

A RAZORBILL was seen on the Piscataqua River near New Castle on January 23rd.

2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen near Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on January 19th, 2 were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on the 17th, 1 was seen on Silver Lake in Belmont on the 22nd, and up to 4 were seen on Great Bay on the 22nd.

A pair of GADWALL was seen at the town landing on the Oyster River in Durham on January 23rd, and 1 was seen on Great Bay on the 22nd.

A male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen at wetlands near Daniel Webster College in Nashua on January 17th, 1 was seen in Wheelwright Creek in Exeter on the 21st, and 1 was seen in Meadow Pond in Hampton on the 22nd.

A WOOD DUCK was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on January 19th.

A CAROLINA WREN was reported from Pittsfield on January 18th, and 1 was reported from Candia on the 22nd.

A GRAY CATBIRD was seen in Seabrook on January 17th

6 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen in Kensington on January 21st.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Hampton on January 22nd.

3 FISH CROWS were reported from Salem on January 22nd.

An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was reported from Gilford on January 22nd.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen on Exeter on January 22nd, and 1 was seen in Hollis on the 23rd. A MERLIN was seen in Hollis on January 17th. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Rye, and 1 was seen in Lyme, both on January 22nd.

A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Exeter, and 1 was seen in Stratham, both on January 17th.

8 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Durham on January 21st, and 4 were seen in Kensington on the 22nd.

A flock of 10 AMERICAN PIPITS was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on January 19th.

A flock of 92 HORNED LARKS was seen along River Road in Stratham on January 21st.

Sparrows reported during the past week included several FIELD, CHIPPING, SONG, and SAVANNAH from scattered locations.

An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen in Lempster on January 17th.

4 GRAY JAYS and a BOREAL CHICKADEE were seen at Deer Mountain State Park in Pittsburg, and a BOREAL CHICKADEE was seen visiting a birdfeeder at a private residence in Littleton, all on January 22nd.

The Annual Backyard Winter Bird Survey takes place during the second weekend in February and is coordinated by NH Audubon. Participants report any bird species visiting their yard and/or feeders in New Hampshire. The survey gathers information on the distribution and abundance of many winter species in New Hampshire. To learn more about the Survey, how to participate, past results, and other information, navigate to: http://nhbirdrecords.org/bird-conservation/bwbs/backyard-winter-bird-survey/

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.

January 16, 2017

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Rochester on January 11th, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 12th.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Rochester on January 11th, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 12th.

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

A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th and it has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on January 16th. The bird has been seen visiting a birdfeeder on the side of a house at 117 Westport Village Road and has been visible from the road. The house is very close to the road, which is very busy with little room for parking. The best option may be to park on the southeast side of the road between Depot Road and Sandy Road just south of the feeder location and walk to the feeders. Be sure to leave adequate room for large trucks to get by and do not block any driveways. Please be respectful of the neighbors. The bird has usually been seen in the mid-morning and early afternoon, and has also been seen across the street and along Depot Road and Sandy Road.

A SNOWY OWL was seen in Hampton Marsh behind Little Jack’s Restaurant on Route 1A in Hampton on January 15th. For more information about owl viewing, open the link:

http://www.nhaudubon.org/snowy-owl-viewing-observe-without-disturbing/

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in coastal Rye on January 10th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL and 2 ICELAND GULLS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on January 12th. 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.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Swazey Parkway in Exeter on January 12th.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in Greenland on January 10th, and 14th.

2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen near Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on January 10th.

2 REDHEADS were seen on Great Bay on January 14th.

A WOOD DUCK was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on January 16th.

A male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen at wetlands near Daniel Webster College in Nashua, and 1 was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, both on January 15th.

9 RAZORBILLS were seen from Great Island Common in New Castle on January 15th.

21 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen in coastal Rye on January 14th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Beaver Brook Great Meadow in Hollis on January 14th.

A flock of 7 PINE GROSBEAKS was seen along Ossipee Mountain Road in Moultonborough on January 11th.

A flock of 56 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in North Conway on January 14th.

4 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen in Jackson on January 10th.

A flock of over 150 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen in Durham on January 10th.

A flock of 25 HORNED LARKS was seen in Durham on January 10th, and a flock of 150 was seen in Newfields on the 14th.

16 EVENING GROSBEAKS and 24 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen at a private residence in Jefferson on January 9th.

A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was seen in North Hampton on January 14th, and a PINE WARBLER was seen in Newmarket on the 15th..

A WINTER WREN was seen in Rochester on January 11th, and Merrimack on the 12th.

A CAROLINA WREN was seen in Pittsfield on January 12th.

A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen in Rye on January 8th and 10th,1 was seen in Greenland on the 14th, and 1 was seen in Hinsdale on the 16th.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Penacook on January 15th, and 1 was seen in Rye on the 14th.

A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Pittsfield on January 6th and 10th, a FIELD SPARROW was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on January 11th, and a FOX SPARROW was seen in Greenland on the 14th.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported from Exeter and 1 was seen in Nashua, both on January 15th.

6 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen in East Kingston on January 15th.

A TURKEY VULTURE was seen in Kensington on January 10th,1 was seen in Epping on the 12th, and 8 were seen in Exeter on the 15th.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Rochester on January 11th, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 12th.

Raptor sightings reported during the past week included: 10 BALD EAGLES in Gilford on January 16th, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK in Newmarket, 1 in Etna, and 1 in Hollis, all on the 15th, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK in Chichester on the 15th, an AMERICAN KESTREL in Hollis and 1 in Exeter both on the 15th, a PEREGRINE FALCON in Walpole on the 14th,1 was seen in Salem on the 12th, and 1 was seen in Hampton on the 10th,  a MERLIN in Nashua on the 16th and 1 in Greenland on the 12th, a NORTHERN HARRIER in Stratham on the 14th, and a few COOPER’S HAWKS and SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS from scattered locations.

The Annual Backyard Winter Bird Survey takes place during the second weekend in February and is coordinated by NH Audubon. Participants report any bird species visiting their yard and/or feeders in New Hampshire. The survey gathers information on the distribution and abundance of many winter species in New Hampshire. To learn more about the Survey, how to participate, past results, and other information, navigate to: http://nhbirdrecords.org/bird-conservation/bwbs/backyard-winter-bird-survey/

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.

January 9, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 9th, 2017.

A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th and it has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on January 8th. The bird has been seen visiting a birdfeeder on the side of a house at 117 Westport Village Road and has been visible from the road. The house is very close to the road, which is very busy with little room for parking. The best option may be to park on the southeast side of the road between Depot Road and Sandy Road just south of the feeder location and walk to the feeders. Be sure to leave adequate room for large trucks to get by and do not block any driveways. Please be respectful of the neighbors. The bird has usually been seen in the mid-morning and early afternoon, and has also been seen across the street and along Depot Road and Sandy Road.

A SNOWY OWL was seen in Manchester on January 7th, and 1 was seen near Rye Harbor on the 9th. There were unconfirmed reports of a SNOWY OWL from Lee and Merrimack during the past week.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen in the Hampton Harbor area, and was last reported on January 8th. An ICELAND GULL was seen in Rye Harbor on the 8th.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON, a female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, and a male REDHEAD were all seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in Greenland on January 8th.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on Lake Winnisquam from Lower Bay Road in Sanbornton on January 5th, and 2 males were seen near Stark Landing on themMerrimack River in Manchester on the 9th.

A RUDDY DUCK was seen from Weir’s Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee on January 2nd.

2 GADWALL were seen in Durham on January 8th.

A male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen at wetlands near Daniel Webster College in Nashua on January 3rd, and a female was seen in Exeter on the 8th.

2 RAZORBILLS, a BLACK GUILLEMOT, 2 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, and 4 BALD EAGLES were seen along the coast on January 7th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in Newport on January 3rd, and 1 was seen in Hillsborough on the 4th.

A flock of 8 PINE GROSBEAKS was seen in Berlin on January 4th, and a flock of 7 was seen on Ossipee Mountain Road in Moultonborough on January 7th.

A flock of 200 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen along Diamond Ledge Road, and a flock of 80 was seen from Great Rock Road, all in Sandwich on January 3rd.

A flock of 34 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen next to White Birch Books in North Conway on the 7th, and a flock of 9 was seen in New London on the 8th.

Highlights of the Sandwich Christmas Bird Count held on January 2nd, included:

8 PINE GROSBEAKS, 178 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, 78 SNOW BUNTINGS, 2 RED CROSSBILLS, 5 COMMON REDPOLLS, 6 BARRED OWLS, 3 BALD EAGLES, and a BELTED KINGFISHER.

3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen at the Pease Golf Course driving range in Portsmouth on January 8th.

A flock of over 100 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen in Derry on January 8th, a flock of 75 were seen in Durham on the 7th, a flock of 55 was seen in Salem on the 1st, a flock of 50 was seen in Warren on the 6th, a flock of 15 was seen in Newport on the 2nd, 7 were seen in Lebanon on the 4th, 5 were seen in Portsmouth on the 8th, 3 were seen in Pittsfield on the 7th, and 2 were seen in Gilmanton on the 7th.

A flock of 75 HORNED LARKS was seen in Durham on January 7th, a flock of 38 was seen in Portsmouth on the 8th, and a flock of 30 was seen in Hampton on the 7th.

4 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Milan on January 4th, 2 were seen in Durham on the 3rd, and 1 was seen in Rochester on the 6th.

14 FISH CROWS were reported from Salem on January 8th, and 1 was reported from Merrimack on the 4th.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Sandwich on January 3rd.

An AMERICAN KESTREL and a FIELD SPARROW were seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on January 3rd, and 8th.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen in Greenland on January 7th, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 2nd.

A MERLIN, a PEREGRINE FALCON, and a NORTHERN HARRIER were seen in the Hampton Marsh area on January 7th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the Nashua Airport on January 4th, and 8th.

4 BALD EAGLES were seen in Dummer on January 4th.

An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was seen in Hollis, and 1 was seen in Nashua, both on January 8th.

A CAROLINA WREN was seen in Pittsfield on January 5th, 1 was seen in Spofford on the 6th, and 1 was seen in Rye on the 8th.

A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen in Rye on January 8th.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Newington on January 8th.

A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Pittsfield on January 6th.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in New Ipswich on January 6th.

3 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Exeter on January 8th.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen at True Brook in Meriden on January 6th.

The Annual Backyard Winter Bird Survey takes place during the second weekend in February and is coordinated by NH Audubon. Participants report any bird species visiting their yard and/or feeders in New Hampshire. The survey gathers information on the distribution and abundance of many winter species in New Hampshire. To learn more about the Survey, how to participate, past results, and other information, navigate to: http://nhbirdrecords.org/bird-conservation/bwbs/backyard-winter-bird-survey/

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.

January 9, 2017

A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th and it has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on January 8th. The bird has been seen visiting a birdfeeder on the side of a house at 117 Westport Village Road and has been visible from the road. The house is very close to the road, which is very busy with little room for parking. The best option may be to park on the southeast side of the road between Depot Road and Sandy Road just south of the feeder location and walk to the feeders. Be sure to leave adequate room for large trucks to get by and do not block any driveways. Please be respectful of the neighbors. The bird has usually been seen in the mid-morning and early afternoon, and has also been seen across the street and along Depot Road and Sandy Road.

A SNOWY OWL was seen in Manchester on January 7th, and 1 was seen near Rye Harbor on the 9th. There were unconfirmed reports of a SNOWY OWL from Lee and Merrimack during the past week.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen in the Hampton Harbor area, and was last reported on January 8th. An ICELAND GULL was seen in Rye Harbor on the 8th.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON, a female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, and a male REDHEAD were all seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in Greenland on January 8th.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on Lake Winnisquam from Lower Bay Road in Sanbornton on January 5th, and 2 males were seen near Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on the 9th.

A RUDDY DUCK was seen from Weir’s Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee on January 2nd.

2 GADWALL were seen in Durham on January 8th.

A male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen at wetlands near Daniel Webster College in Nashua on January 3rd, and a female was seen in Exeter on the 8th.

2 RAZORBILLS, a BLACK GUILLEMOT, 2 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, and 4 BALD EAGLES were seen along the coast on January 7th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in Newport on January 3rd, and 1 was seen in Hillsborough on the 4th.

A flock of 8 PINE GROSBEAKS was seen in Berlin on January 4th, and a flock of 7 was seen on Ossipee Mountain Road in Moultonborough on January 7th.

A flock of 200 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen along Diamond Ledge Road, and a flock of 80 was seen from Great Rock Road, all in Sandwich on January 3rd.  A flock of 34 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen next to White Birch Books in North Conway on the 7th, and a flock of 9 was seen in New London on the 8th.

Highlights of the Sandwich Christmas Bird Count held on January 2nd, included:

8 PINE GROSBEAKS, 178 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, 78 SNOW BUNTINGS, 2 RED CROSSBILLS, 5 COMMON REDPOLLS, 6 BARRED OWLS, 3 BALD EAGLES, and a BELTED KINGFISHER.

3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen at the Pease Golf Course driving range in Portsmouth on January 8th.

A flock of over 100 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen in Derry on January 8th, a flock of 75 were seen in Durham on the 7th, a flock of 55 was seen in Salem on the 1st, a flock of 50 was seen in Warren on the 6th, a flock of 15 was seen in Newport on the 2nd, 7 were seen in Lebanon on the 4th, 5 were seen in Portsmouth on the 8th, 3 were seen in Pittsfield on the 7th, and 2 were seen in Gilmanton on the 7th.

A flock of 75 HORNED LARKS was seen in Durham on January 7th, a flock of 38 was seen in Portsmouth on the 8th, and a flock of 30 was seen in Hampton on the 7th.

4 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Milan on January 4th, 2 were seen in Durham on the 3rd, and 1 was seen in Rochester on the 6th.

14 FISH CROWS were reported from Salem on January 8th, and 1 was reported from Merrimack on the 4th.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Sandwich on January 3rd.

An AMERICAN KESTREL and a FIELD SPARROW were seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on January 3rd, and 8th.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen in Greenland on January 7th, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 2nd.

A MERLIN, a PEREGRINE FALCON, and a NORTHERN HARRIER were seen in the Hampton Marsh area on January 7th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the Nashua Airport on January 4th, and 8th.

4 BALD EAGLES were seen in Dummer on January 4th.

An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was seen in Hollis, and 1 was seen in Nashua, both on January 8th.

A CAROLINA WREN was seen in Pittsfield on January 5th, 1 was seen in Spofford on the 6th, and 1 was seen in Rye on the 8th.

A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen in Rye on January 8th.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Newington on January 8th.

A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Pittsfield on January 6th.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in New Ipswich on January 6th.

3 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Exeter on January 8th.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen at True Brook in Meriden on January 6th.

The Annual Backyard Winter Bird Survey takes place during the second weekend in February and is coordinated by NH Audubon. Participants report any bird species visiting their yard and/or feeders in New Hampshire. The survey gathers information on the distribution and abundance of many winter species in New Hampshire. To learn more about the Survey, how to participate, past results, and other information, navigate to: http://nhbirdrecords.org/bird-conservation/bwbs/backyard-winter-bird-survey/

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.

January 2, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 2nd, 2017.

A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th, has been seen many times since then, and was last reported on January 2nd. The bird is being seen visiting a birdfeeder on the side of a house at 117 Westport Village Road and is visible from the road. The house is very close to the road, which is very busy with little room for parking. The best option may be to park on the southeast side of the road between Depot Road and Sandy Road just south of the feeder location and walk to the feeders. Be sure to leave adequate room for large trucks to get by and do not block any driveways. Please be respectful of the neighbors. The bird has usually been seen in the mid-morning and early afternoon, and has also been seen across the street and along Depot Road and Sandy Road.

112 HORNED LARKS were tallied at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis, and a flock of over 40 HORNED LARKS was seen behind the Walgreens in Walpole, all on December 28th, 2016.

112 HORNED LARKS were tallied at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis, and a flock of over 40 HORNED LARKS was seen behind the Walgreens in Walpole, all on December 28th, 2016.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Westmoreland on January 1st, and 19 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Exeter on December 31st.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen in Seabrook, and was last reported from near Hampton Harbor on December 28th. An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on December 1st.

30 RAZORBILLS were seen from Great Island Common in New Castle on December 26th, 14 were seen from Seabrook Beach on January 2nd, and there were several sightings of 1-2 individuals reported from along the coast during the past week.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on Lake Winnisquam from Lower Bay Road in Sanbornton on January 1st, and 1 was seen near Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on December 31st and January 1st.

A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen in Rye Harbor on December 27th.

A male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen at wetlands near Daniel Webster College in Nashua on December 28th.

2 WOOD DUCKS were seen on Sagamore Creek in Portsmouth on December 26th and 27th, and 1 was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on January 1st.

A GREATER SCAUP and a LESSER SCAUP were seen on Lake Winnisquam from Lower Bay Road in Sanbornton on January 2nd.

An immature NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen from Trask Brook Road in Sunapee on December 28th, 1 was seen in Chatham on the 30th, and 1 was reported from Berlin on January 1st.

Over 40 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen at the Attitash Resort in Bartlett on January 2nd, a flock of 150 was reported from Berlin on the 1st, a flock of 50 was seen in Gorham, and a flock of 49 was seen in Sandwich on December 29th.

A flock of 8 PINE GROSBEAKS was seen in Sandwich on December 28th, a flock of 30 was seen in Berlin on January 1st, and a flock of 20 was also seen in Berlin on the 1st.

A flock of over 50 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen in Warren on December 29th, 15 were seen in Nashua on the 28th, and 3 were seen in Keene on the 27th.

2 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at Rye Harbor State Park on December 27th.

112 HORNED LARKS were tallied at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis, and a flock of over 40 HORNED LARKS was seen behind the Walgreens in Walpole, all on December 28th.

46 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were counted at a private residence in Jefferson, and over 50 were seen in fields along North River Road in Milford, all on January 1st.

An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen in Durham on January 1st.

A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Seabrook, and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Epping, both on December 31st.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis, and a MERLIN was seen in Nashua, both on January 1st.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on December 28th, and 1 was reported from Westmoreland on January 1st.

A PINE WARBLER was seen in Brookline on December 31st.

A WINTER WREN was seen in Portsmouth on December 26th and 1 was seen in Milford on January 1st.

A GRAY CATBIRD was seen in Seabrook and 1 was seen in North Hampton, both on December 26th.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was reported from New Ipswich on January 1st.

8 SAVANNAH SPARROWS were seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis, and a SWAMP SPARROW was seen elsewhere in Hollis, all on December 28th.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Milford on January 1st.

A GREAT BLUE HERON was seen in the Rye Harbor on December 26th.

A GRAY JAY was seen at the summit of Wildcat Mountain on December 26th.

The Annual Backyard Winter Bird Survey takes place during the second weekend in February and is coordinated by NH Audubon. Participants report any bird species visiting their yard and/or feeders in New Hampshire. The survey gathers information on the distribution and abundance of many winter species in New Hampshire. To learn more about the Survey, how to participate, past results, and other information, navigate to: http://nhbirdrecords.org/bird-conservation/bwbs/backyard-winter-bird-survey/

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.

December 26, 2016

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, December 26th, 2016.

A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen in Rye Harbor on December 24th.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen between the Granite Street Bridge and the Notre Dame Bridge on the Merrimack River in Manchester on December 26th.

A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Fox Hill Point in North Hampton on December 26th.

A GADWALL was seen in Seabrook Marsh from Route 286 on December 25th.

A female WOOD DUCK was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on December 23rd.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen in Seabrook, and was last reported from near Hampton Harbor on December 25th. This may be the same bird that has over-wintered here for the last 9-10 years.

An ICELAND GULL was seen on the Merrimack River north of the Bridge Street parking lot on December 25th, and 1 was seen at Rye Harbor on the 24th.

A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE and 16 NORTHERN GANNETS were seen off the coast on December 24th, and 28 BONAPARTE’S GULLS were seen off the coast of Rye on the 25th.

49 RAZORBILLS were tallied along the coast in Rye on December 25th with the majority being seen from the south end of Odiorne Point State Park. 2 RAZORBILLS were seen off of Seabrook Beach on the 24th.

49 RAZORBILLS were tallied along the coast in Rye on December 25th with the majority being seen from the south end of Odiorne Point State Park. 2 RAZORBILLS were seen off of Seabrook Beach on the 24th.

49 RAZORBILLS were tallied along the coast in Rye on December 25th with the majority being seen from the south end of Odiorne Point State Park. 2 RAZORBILLS were seen off of Seabrook Beach on the 24th.

3 BLACK GUILLEMOTS were seen off the coast in Rye on December 25th.

31 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen at Rye Ledge in Rye on December 24th.

An immature NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in Sunapee on December 21st and again on the 23rd. It was seen in the marshy section of the Sugar River that runs parallel to Route 11 between Treatment Plant Road and Sleeper Road.

7 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen along Route 10 in Orford on December 23rd.

A flock of 9 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen near the ER parking lot at the Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough on December 26th, and 5 were seen flying over Hampton Marsh on the 25th.

23 EVENING GROSBEAKS and 32 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen visiting bird feeders at a private residence in Jefferson on December 25th. A male EVENING GROSBEAK was seen visiting a birdfeeder in Lempster on December 20th.

2 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at Rye Harbor State Park on December 25th.

A PINE WARBLER was seen at a private residence in Litchfield on December 25th.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in Nashua on December 25th.

A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on December 23rd.

A FIELD SPARROW was seen at the Strafford County Farm in Dover, and a CHIPPING SPARROW was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis, both on December 20th.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Seabrook on December 24th.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on December 22nd, and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Etna on the 24th.

A NORTHERN HARRIER was seen in Seabrook on December 23rd, and a COOPER’S HAWK was seen in Seabrook on the 25th. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on the water tower in Hampton on the 24th.

Highlights from the Keene Christmas Bird Count held on December 18th included: a possible VARIED THRUSH, a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, a MERLIN, a RING-NECKED DUCK, a HERMIT THRUSH, and a NORTHERN FLICKER.

Highlights from the Manchester Christmas Bird Count held on December 18th included: a BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, a NORTHERN SHRIKE, a NORTHERN FLICKER, and an EASTERN TOWHEE.

Highlights from the Concord Christmas Bird Count held on December 18th included: a MERLIN, 5 BALD EAGLES, 2 BELTED KINGFISHERS, 32 HORNED LARKS, 7 CAROLINA WRENS, 44 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, and a GRAY CATBIRD.

Highlights from the Littleton Christmas Bird Count held on December 20th included: a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, a NORTHERN SHRIKE, a BOREAL CHICKADEE, a CAROLINA WREN, a BOHEMIAN WAXWING, a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, 41 PINE GROSBEAKS, and 28 EVENING GROSBEAKS.

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.

A list of the state’s Christmas Bird Counts and who to contact if you are interested in participating can be found at this link:

http://nhbirdrecords.org/new-hampshire-birding-resources/new-hampshire-christmas-bird-count/

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.

December 20, 2016

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An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was reported from Dover, and a BARRED OWL was seen in Madbury, both on December 18th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, December 19th, 2016.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in Greenland on December 17th.

2 BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen from Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on December 14th.

A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Eel Pond in Rye on December 11th, and near Causeway Road in Rye and elsewhere on the coast, on the 12th, 13th, and 14th.

2 COMMON MURRES were reported from offshore waters on December 14th, and a RAZORBILL was seen in Hampton Harbor on December 17th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in Seabrook on December 17th, an ICELAND GULL was seen in Nashua on the 18th, and 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen in Gonic on December 18th.

A NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen in Sagamore Creek in Portsmouth, and 1 was seen in Seabrook, both on December 17th. A GADWALL and a LONG-TAILED DUCK were seen in Durham, and a NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen in Gonic, all on the 18th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at NH Audubon’s Massabesic Center in Auburn on December 18th, 1 was seen in Rumney on the 18th, and 1 was seen in Dover on the 18th.

A flock of 50 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in fruit trees behind Northway Bank in Berlin, across from Dunkin Donuts.

A COMMON REDPOLL was seen in Dover on December 18th.

A pair of PINE GROSBEAKS was seen in Etna on December 16th and 18th.

A flock of 26 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Jefferson on December 13th.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at the Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland on December 15th. A PINE WARBLER was seen in Durham on the 18th.

A flock of over 60 HORNED LARKS and 1 SNOW BUNTING was seen behind the Walgreens on Pinnacle Lane in Walpole just off of Route 12 on December 16th.

25 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen in Durham on the 18th, 1 was seen in Dover on the 18th, and 1 was seen in Sunapee on the 14th.

An AMERICAN PIPIT was seen at Rye Harbor on December 7th, 12th, and 14th.

5 FISH CROWS were reported from Salem on December 13th.

A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen in Westmoreland on December 16th, and 1 was seen in Hinsdale on the 17th.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Durham on December 18th.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was reported from New Ipswich on December 12th, 1 was seen in Dover on the 18th, and 1 was seen in Barrington on the 18th.

A GRAY CATBIRD was seen in Greenland on December 17th, 1 was seen in Portsmouth on the 17th, 1 was seen in Dover on the 18th, and 1 was seen in Gonic on the 18th.

A FOX SPARROW was seen in Dover on December 18th, and 5 SAVANNAH SPARROWS were seen in Greenland on the 17th.

A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen in Gonic on December 18th.

3 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Exeter on December 17th.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Bow on December 19th.

An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was reported from Dover, and a BARRED OWL was seen in Madbury, both on December 18th.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on December 18th, a MERLIN was seen in Rye on the 17th, a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Seabrook on the 17th, and 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen in Dover on the 18th.

Highlights from the Pittsburg Christmas Bird Count held on December 14th included: 10 BALD EAGLES, a NORTHERN SHRIKE, 12 GRAY JAYS, 27 BOREAL CHICKADEES, a BOHEMIAN WAXWING, 70 PINE GROSBEAKS, 4 COMMON REDPOLLS, and 26 EVENING GROSBEAKS.

Highlights from the Errol Christmas Bird Count held on December 15th included: 5 BALD EAGLES, 2 NORTHERN SHRIKES, 5 GRAY JAYS, 2 BOREAL CHICKADEES, and 38 PINE GROSBEAKS.

Skiers on Wildcat Mountain reported 2 BOREAL CHICKADEES but it is unclear how the skiers were able to both ski and bird simultaneously – it is hard to look through binoculars while holding ski poles and schussing!

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.

A list of the state’s Christmas Bird Counts and who to contact if you are interested in participating can be found at this link:

http://nhbirdrecords.org/new-hampshire-birding-resources/new-hampshire-christmas-bird-count/

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.

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