Rare Bird Alert

May 16, 2017

Little blue heron, adult, by Walter Keane.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

May 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

May 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

April 26, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A CLIFF SWALLOW was reported during the past week.

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

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

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

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

A pair of MERLINS was seen several times in Orford during the past week.

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

April 19, 2017

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A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen flying overhead in Sandwich on April 17th, 2017. Photo by FWS.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, April 17th, 2017.

A GREAT GRAY OWL was discovered in Newport on February 25th, was relocated on March 1st, and has been seen on almost every day since then. It was last reported on April 11th. To look for the bird, take Corbin Road off of Route 10 to Haserlet Park near the Newport Airport, or look in fields along the west side of Route 10 between Corbin Road and Croydon Brook Road. The most reliable viewing time is late afternoon. When you park, be sure not to block driveways, park away from buildings, and respect privacy. Do not trespass on private land. Stay off the airport runway. Please do not approach the owl too closely, do not play recordings, and do not disturb it. For more about owl viewing etiquette, open this link (originally written to apply for Snowy Owls, but also applicable to Great Gray Owls): http://www.nhaudubon.org/snowy-owl-viewing-observe-without-disturbing/

A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hampton Harbor on April 10th.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen flying overhead in Sandwich on April 17th.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Ashland on April 16th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was reported from North Conway on April 14th.

6 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Sherman’s Farm fields in East Conway on April 13th, and 5 were seen there on the 14th. A pair of SANDHILL CRANES was reported from Cherry Pond in NH Audubon’s Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on April 16th, and a single SANDHILL CRANE was seen in a field in Lee on April 13th.

A flock of 35 GLOSSY IBIS was seen along Route 1A just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on April 17th.

A GLOSSY IBIS was seen at Great Bay Farm in Greenland on April 12th, 13th, and 14th. A SOLITARY SANDPIPER and a WILSON’S SNIPE were seen here on the 13th.

A GLOSSY IBIS, 2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and 7 BUFFLEHEADS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on April 14th.

A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL and 2 pairs of NORTHERN SHOVELERS were seen in Meadow Pond in Hampton on April 15th

A male RUDDY DUCK was seen at French Pond in Henniker on April 13th and 14th.

8 BUFFLEHEADS were seen on the COCKERMOUTH RIVER in Hebron on April 16th, and 3 were seen on Lake Winnipesauke in Moultonborough on the 15th.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on Spofford Lake on April 13th.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen in Hebron, and 1 was seen in Durham, both on

April 16th. An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen near Bradford Bog on the 12th.

An AMERICAN BITTERN and 2 VIRGINIA RAILS were reported from NH Audubon’s Thompson Wildlife Sanctuary in Sandwich during the past week. A VIRGINIA RAIL was heard in Hancock on April 16th.

4 PIPING PLOVERS were seen at Hampton Beach, on April 15th.

A GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen near the Charlestown Wastewater Treatment Plant on April 16th.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included: 50 in Concord on April 12th, 46 in Concord on the 13th, 22 in Concord the 14th, and 15 in Concord on the 15th.

2 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen along Cornwell Drive in Keene on April 14th.

A WOOD THRUSH was seen in Newfields on April 16th.

A RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was reported from Manchester on April 13th.

A NORTHERN PARULA was seen in Hudson on April 15th, and 1 was seen in Hinsdale on the 16th. Additional warbler species reported during the past week included: LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, and PALM WARBLER.

Also reported during the past week were multiple sightings of: BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, BROWN THRASHER, EASTERN TOWHEE, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

A VESPER SPARROW was seen in Rochester on April 12th. Other sparrow species reported during the past week included: FOX SPARROW, FIELD SPARROW, and SWAMP SPARROW.

An estimated 1,000 TREE SWALLOWS were seen at Spofford Lake on April 13th.

TREE SWALLOWS, BARN SWALLOWS, BANK SWALLOWS, and NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS have all been reported during the past week.

FISH CROWS were reported from several locations during the past week.

A MERLIN was seen in Orford on April 13th.

An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported from a birdfeeder located behind a house in Epping on February 12th, and it was seen nearly every day since then. It was last reported on April 4th, but may still be present.

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

April 12, 2017

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2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and a RUDDY DUCK were seen at the Wilder Dam on the Connecticut River on April 5th, 2017.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, April 10th, 2017.

4 SANDHILL CRANES were seen in North Hampton on April 5th, and 4 were seen in Stratham on the 6th (perhaps the same birds?).

An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported from a birdfeeder located behind a house in Epping on February 12th, and it has been seen nearly every day since then. It was last reported on April 4th.

A SNOWY OWL was seen in Rye near Rye Harbor State Park on April 4th and 5th, and 1 was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on the 8th. For viewing etiquette, open this link: http://www.nhaudubon.org/snowy-owl-viewing-observe-without-disturbing/

A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Walpole on April 9th.

A SNOW GOOSE and a CACKLING GOOSE were seen flying overhead with CANADA GEESE in Sandwich on April 7th. 7 BRANT were seen migrating along the coast on April 9th.

A male CANVASBACK was seen on Turtle Pond in Concord on April 7th and 8th.

3 female CANVASBACKS, a male NORTHERN SHOVELER, 20 BUFFLEHEADS, 300 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 3 GADWALL, and 10 AMERICAN WIGEON were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on April 7th. There were 5 NORTHERN SHOVELERS seen here on the 9th.

A GADWALL, 2 AMERICAN WIGEON, 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 5 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 10 LESSER SCAUP, and a GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen in Great Meadow and the surrounding area in Charlestown on April 7th. A LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and 2 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were seen here on the 9th.

A NORTHERN PINTAIL, 5 GREATER SCAUP, 12 LESSER SCAUP, and a LONG-TAILED DUCK were seen on Lake Sunapee on April 6th. A NORTHERN PINTAIL, 40 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 2 LESSER SCAUP, 18 BUFFLEHEADS, 10 COMMON GOLDENEYES, over 50 COMMON MERGANSERS, a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen on Lake Sunapee on the 8th.

3 pairs of NORTHERN SHOVELERS and a GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen in Hampton Marsh on April 9th.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on several days at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant. Also reported were 4 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and a BLUE-WINGED TEAL.

2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and a RUDDY DUCK were seen at the Wilder Dam on the Connecticut River on April 5th.

A PIED-BILLED GREBE was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on April 10th.

4 PIPING PLOVERS were seen at Hampton Beach, on April 9th.

40 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen along the coast on April 9th.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included: 70 in Concord on April 10th, 31 in Penacook on the 9th, 14 in Portsmouth on the 7th, and 3 in Milford on the 5th.

A PINE GROSBEAK was reported from a birdfeeder in Canaan on April 9th.

3 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Richmond on April 10th, and 1 was reported from Durham on the 5th.

2 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 8th.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis during the past week.

FISH CROWS were reported from Manchester, Durham, and West Ossipee during the past week.

A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was seen at Magill Bay in Dummer on April 10th.

A GRAY CATBIRD was seen at a birdfeeder in Kingston on April 7th. This seems likely to be an over-wintering bird as opposed to a returning migrant as they normally don’t return until May.

The warm weather has brought a strong influx of returning migrant species, including: KILLDEER, WILSON’S SNIPE, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, TREE SWALLOW, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, BARN SWALLOW, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER,  PINE WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, FOX SPARROW, FIELD SPARROW, EASTERN TOWHEE, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

GULLS are on the move inland, notably with 10 HERRING GULLS and 4 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS being reported from Sandwich on April 7th.

A number of TURKEY VULTURES were seen during the past week as they advance north with the warmer temperatures.

Raptor sightings during the past week included several BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, and NORTHERN HARRIERS.

A CHUKAR, an exotic bird raised in captivity and released for hunting, was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on April 7th.

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

April 3, 2017

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2 TUNDRA SWANS were seen flying over Bradford on April 1st; FWS photo.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, April 3rd, 2017.

A GREAT GRAY OWL was discovered in Newport on February 25th, was relocated on March 1st, and has been seen on almost every day since then. It was last reported on April 2nd. To look for the bird, take Corbin Road off of Route 10 to Haserlet Park near the Newport Airport, or look in fields along the west side of Route 10 between Corbin Road and Croydon Brook Road. The most reliable viewing time is late afternoon. When you park, be sure not to block driveways, park away from buildings, and respect privacy. Do not trespass on private land. Stay off the airport runway. Please do not approach the owl too closely, do not play recordings, and do not disturb it. For more about owl viewing etiquette, open this link (originally written to apply for Snowy Owls, but also applicable to Great Gray Owls):

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

A SNOWY OWL was seen in Hampton Marsh on March 31st, and a different SNOWY OWL (by plumage) was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 2nd and 3rd.

4 SANDHILL CRANES were seen flying over Sunapee, and 2 were seen flying over Hollis, all on April 2nd.

2 TUNDRA SWANS were seen flying over Bradford on April 1st.

2 BLACK VULTURES were seen in the Connecticut River area located between Brattleboro, Vermont, and Hinsdale on March 29th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Hampton Harbor on April 2nd.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen at Great Meadow in Charlestown on April 2nd.

33 SNOW GEESE were seen along Krif Road in Keene on March 28th.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, 8 GREATER SCAUP, 7 LESSER SCAUP, and a BONAPARTE’S GULL were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on the last 3-days of March.

9 SNOW GEESE, 350 CANADA GEESE, 6 GADWALL, 8 SCAUP, 115 HOODED MERGANSERS, 195 COMMON MERGANSERS, 160 RING-NECKED DUCKS, and a PIED-BILLED GREBE were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on April 2nd.

2 male NORTHERN SHOVELERS were seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack, and a pair of NORTHERN PINTAILS was seen at South End Marsh in Concord, all on March 28th.

A pair of GADWALL was seen at Meadow Pond in Hampton, and 2 female NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen in coastal North Hampton, all on April 2nd.

A PIED-BILLED GREBE and a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT were reported from Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on March 30th.

2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen along the coast on April 3rd.

2 GREAT EGRETS were seen along the coast on April 2nd, and 2 SNOWY EGRETS were seen along the coast on the 3rd.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included: 60 in North Conway on March 27th, 25 in Hanover on March 30th, and 40 in Penacook on April 2nd.

A flock of 35 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on March 29th, a flock of 25 was seen in Errol on the 31st, and a flock of 10 was seen in Hollis on the 28th.

A few early-returning TREE SWALLOWS were seen during the past week including 1 in Hinsdale on March 28th, 38 in Elmbrook Park in Hopkinton on the 30th, 2 in Stratham on the 30th, and 9 in Nashua on the 31st.

A few EASTERN PHOEBES were seen during the first days of April.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Antrim on April 1st.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in Gilsum on March 30th.

A WINTER WREN was reported from Carroll on April 2nd, and 1 was reported from Hanover on the 3rd.

A CAROLINA WREN was reported from Derry on April 2nd.

9 “IPSWICH” SAVANNAH SPARROWS were seen along the coast on April 2nd.

Several FOX SPARROWS, KILLDEER, and AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were reported during the past week.

A FISH CROW was reported from Laconia on April 2nd.

A flock of 13 COMMON RAVENS was seen along the coast on April 2nd.

A number of TURKEY VULTURES were seen during the past week.

Raptor sightings during the past week included at least 2 each of AMERICAN KESTREL, MERLIN, PEREGRINE FALCON, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, RED-TAILED HAWK, OSPREY, and BALD EAGLE.

Birders on a fishing boat trip out of Hampton tallied 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 10 BLACK GUILLEMOTS, 12 RAZORBILLS, and 5 NORTHERN GANNETS.

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.

March 27, 2017

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A flock of 35 SNOW GEESE was seen in a field in Hollis on March 25th; FWS photo.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 27th, 2017.

A GREAT GRAY OWL was discovered in Newport on February 25th, was relocated on March 1st, and has been seen on almost every day since then. It was last reported on March 27th. To look for the bird, take Corbin Road off of Route 10 to Haserlet Park near the Newport Airport, or look in fields along the west side of Route 10 between Corbin Road and Croydon Brook Road. The most reliable viewing time is late afternoon. When you park, be sure not to block driveways, park away from buildings, and respect privacy. Do not trespass on private land. Stay off the airport runway. Please do not approach the owl too closely, do not play recordings, and do not disturb it. For more about owl viewing etiquette, open this link (originally written to apply for Snowy Owls, but also applicable to Great Gray Owls):

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

2 SNOWY OWLS were seen in Hampton Marsh on March 25th.

An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported from a birdfeeder located behind a house in Epping on February 12th, and it has been seen nearly every day since then. It was last reported on March 21st.

2 BLACK VULTURES were seen in Westmoreland on March 21st.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen in Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on March 25th, and 1 was seen at Pitcher Mountain in Stoddard on the 26th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Laconia on March 21st, 1 was seen in Hampton on the 25th, and 1 was seen in Dover on the 25th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near Ash Brook Road in Keene on March 24th, and 1 was seen along Route 10 in Newport on the 26th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Hampton Harbor, and an ICELAND GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, both on March 25th.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen at Sewalls Falls on the Merrimack River in Concord on March 23rd, and a female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen off of Great Boar’s Head in Hampton on March 25th.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, 2 SNOW GEESE, a CACKLING GOOSE, over 4,000 CANADA GEESE, 10 GADWALL, 4 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 4 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and 7 LESSER SCAUP were seen in the Connecticut River valley between Hinsdale and Charlestown on March 26th.

A flock of 35 SNOW GEESE was seen in a field in Hollis on March 25th.

3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and an AMERICAN WIGEON were seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on March 23rd, and 5 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were seen at Field’s Grove in Nashua on the 25th.

5 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen migrating along the coast, and 2 were seen on the Merrimack River in Boscawen, all on March 25th.

A NORTHERN PINTAIL and 20 LESSER SCAUP were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on March 18th.

A “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen in coastal Hampton on March 25th.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included: 20 in Sunapee on March 24th, 70 in Concord on the 24th, 75 in Laconia on the 25th, 30 in Center Sandwich on the 25th, 40 in Meredith on the 25th, and 35 on Krif Road in Keene on March 26th.

2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported from Stoddard on March 26th.

A flock of 34 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen in Meredith on March 21st, and a flock of 18 was seen in Hampton on the 25th.

A flock of 26 HORNED LARKS was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on March 24th, and a flock of 30 was seen in Durham on the 26th.

Several FISH CROWS were reported from Plaistow on March 22nd.

4 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen along the coast in Rye on March 24th.

A GREAT EGRET was seen along the coast on March 25th.

2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen in Dover on March 21st.

A FOX SPARROW was seen in Concord on March 21st, and a CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Greenland on March 26th.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Swanzey on March 21st.

3 different YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were reported from 3 different counties 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.

March 22, 2017

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A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen at Mud Pond in the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on March 14th. FWS image.

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

A GREAT GRAY OWL was discovered in Newport on February 25th, was relocated on March 1st, and has been seen every day since then, but not today. To look for the bird, take Route 10 to Haserlet Park on Corbin Road, near the Newport Airport. If the bird is not present, try looking from Route 10 a short distance north of the airport where it can sometimes be seen, but do not enter the fields as these are on private property. You can also drive to Oak Street and drive about 0.3 miles to the rail trail located on the north side of Oak Street just past Kyle Drive. The bird has sometimes been seen hunting in the fields located on the east side of the rail trail about 0.1-0.2 miles north of Oak Street. The most reliable viewing time is late afternoon. When you park, be sure not to block driveways, and respect privacy. Do not trespass on private land. Stay off the airport runway,

Please do not approach the owl too closely, do not play recordings, and do not disturb it. For more about owl viewing etiquette, open this link (originally written to apply for Snowy Owls, but also applicable to Great Gray Owls):

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

A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th and it has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on March 13th. 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 very early in the morning. It has also been seen across the street and along Depot Road and Sandy Road.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen flying over Concord on March 15th.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen near the Dunkin Donuts on Route 16/302 in North Conway on March 18th, 19th. and 20th.

A pair of BARROW’S GOLDENEYES was seen at Sewalls Falls on the Merrimack River in Concord on March 18th, and a male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on the 17th and 19th.

3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and a GREAT BLUE HERON were seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on March 17th.

A NORTHERN PINTAIL and 20 LESSER SCAUP were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on March 18th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen just north of Reed’s Marsh in Orford on March 19th.

A DICKCISSEL was seen visiting a birdfeeder in Portsmouth on March 18th.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included: 16 in Lyme on March 14th, 160 in Meredith on the 15th, 20 in Glen on the 17th, 12 in Gilford on the 19th, 6 in Penacook on the 19th, and 100 in Holderness on the 19th.

A flock of 16 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Jefferson on March 14th.

A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen in Plainfield on March 16th.

A PINE WARBLER was seen visiting a birdfeeder in Newmarket on March 14th, and 1 was seen at a birdfeeder in Madbury on March 17th, 18th, and 19th.

A TREE SWALLOW was seen in Concord on March 20th.

2 HERMIT THRUSHES were seen in East Kingston on March 18th.

A WINTER WREN was seen in Gilsum on March 13th.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in Lyme on March 17th.

An overwintering EASTERN TOWHEE was reported from New Ipswich on March 14th.

An over-wintering CHIPPING SPARROW continues to be seen in Pittsfield.

A MERLIN was seen in Westmoreland on March 15th, and 1 was seen near Weirs Beach on the 20th.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen in Nashua on March 18th, and 2 were seen in Penacook on the 19th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen at Mud Pond in the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on March 14th.

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.

March 14, 2017

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER-fws

An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported from a birdfeeder located behind a house in Epping on February 12th, and it has been seen nearly every day since then. It was last reported on March 12th. (2017) Photo by FWS.

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

A GREAT GRAY OWL was discovered in Newport on February 25th, was relocated on March 1st, and has been seen every day since then. To look for the bird, take Route 10 to Haserlet Park on Corbin Road, near the Newport Airport. If the bird is not present, drive to Oak Street and drive about 0.3 miles to the rail trail located on the north side of Oak Street just past Kyle Drive. The bird has sometimes been seen hunting in the fields located on the east side of the rail trail about 0.1-0.2 miles north of Oak Street. The most reliable viewing time is late afternoon. When you park, be sure not to block driveways and respect privacy. Stay off the airport runway, Please do not approach the owl too closely, do not play recordings, and do not disturb it.

For more about owl viewing etiquette, open this link (originally written to apply for Snowy Owls, but also applicable to Great Gray Owls):

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

A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th and it has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on March 11th. 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 very early in the morning. It has also been seen across the street and along Depot Road and Sandy Road.

An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported from a birdfeeder located behind a house in Epping on February 12th, and it has been seen nearly every day since then. It was last reported on March 12th.

A EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH was photographed at a birdfeeder in Fremont on March 7th. This is most likely a released cage-bird and not of wild origin.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in fields north of Oak Street in Newport on March 7th.

2 ICELAND GULLS were seen at Rockingham Park in Salem on March 8th.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included: 200 in Meredith on March 13th, 150 in Moultonborough on the 13th, 50 in Wolfeboro on the 13th, 22 in Plymouth on the 10th, 200 in New London on the 10th, and 1 in Concord on the 9th.

2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, 1500 CANADA GEESE, 6 GADWALL, and 4 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on March 8th, and a male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen here on the 13th.

10 WOOD DUCKS, 110 HOODED MERGANSERS, 90 COMMON MERGANSERS, 11 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 14 AMERICAN WIGEONS, 150 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 300 MALLARDS, a GADWALL, 11 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 120 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 2 GREATER SCAUP, 6 BUFFLEHEADS, and 30 COMMON GOLDENEYES were seen in the Connecticut River valley between Hinsdale and Charlestown on March 10th.

A SNOW GOOSE was seen in Charlestown in the Great Meadow area on March 8th and 12th. Also present on the 12th were an AMERICAN WIGEON, a NORTHERN PINTAIL, a GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 6 RING-NECKED DUCKS, and a BUFFLEHEAD.

3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and an AMERICAN WIGEON were seen on Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on March 8th.

2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen at Dover Point in Dover on March 13th.

A GREAT BLUE HERON was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on March 8th.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in Nashua on March 8th.

A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen in Pittsfield on March 9th, and 1 was seen in Salem on the 7th.

There were several FOX SPARROW sightings during the past week, and an over-wintering CHIPPING SPARROW continues to be seen in Pittsfield.

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

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