Rare Bird Alert

August 16, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 14th, 2017.

An AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was seen flying south off of Seabrook Beach on August 12th.

A BROWN PELICAN was seen off of Seabrook Beach August 8th. This is likely the same bird that has been reported irregularly for the last month.

A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 9th, 10th, and 11th. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and a LESSER SCAUP were also present. The treatment plant is gated and the hours of operation are 7:30-3:00 on weekdays. If you visit, please check in at the office and be out of the plant by 2:45 so that plant personnel do not have to ask birders to leave. Do not drive on the dikes and do not block the road. The Trails at Pickering Ponds, located east of the plant, are not gated, and are always open during daylight hours.

A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen at the Charlestown Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 13th. A SEMIPALMATED PLOVER was also present.

An AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was seen flying south off of Seabrook Beach on August 12th, 2017. Wikimedia Commons Image.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen at Meadow Pond in Hampton on August 7th, and a juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen in Seabrook on August 13th.

2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen along the Merrimack River in Manchester on the 11th, and 2 were seen along the Nashua River in Nashua on the 13th.

A GLOSSY IBIS was seen at the Hanover Center Reservoir in Etna for several days during the past week and was last reported on August 9th. A flock of 10 GLOSSY IBIS was seen in the Little River Salt Marsh in North Hampton on August 12th.

2 GREAT EGRETS were seen in Plainfield, one was seen in Conway, one was seen in Pinkham Notch, and one was reported from Bethlehem, all during the past week.

A WESTERN SANDPIPER was seen in Hampton Marsh on August 14th.

2 STILT SANDPIPERS were seen in the Little River Salt Marsh in North Hampton on August 12th.

A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen along the coast on August 8th.

A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen at the Lancaster Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 12th.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen with some KILLDEER in the fields at Runnymede Farm off of Route 111 in North Hampton during the past week.

There were several inland sightings of LEAST SANDPIPERS and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS during the past week, and a DUNLIN was photographed in Orford on August 12th. Coastal shorebird sightings of note during the past week included small numbers of PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, RUDDY TURNSTONES, and SANDERLINGS.

10 LEAST TERNS were seen at Seabrook Beach and Hampton Harbor, all on August 5th.

A ROSEATE TERN, 3 LAUGHING GULLS, 73 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS, and 20 NORTHERN GANNETS were all seen off of the coast on August 12th.

2 BLACK GUILLEMOTS and 150 COMMON EIDER were seen at the Isles of Shoals on August 14th.

RED CROSSBILLS were reported from multiple locations during the past week including Errol, Effingham, Lempster, Washington, Bradford, and Hancock.

10 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from the Trudeau Road wetlands area in Bethlehem, and several were reported from Errol, all during the past week.

A female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen at the boardwalk on the Mud Pond Trail at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on August 8th, and 3 GRAY JAYS and several WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen here on the 13th.

A CAPE MAY WARBLER was seen in Sandwich on August 14th.

3 FISH CROWS were reported from Durham on August 13th, 3 were reported from Newmarket on the 13th, and 3 were seen in coastal Rye on the 6th.

4 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on August 9th.

29 PURPLE MARTINS were seen off of Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on August 8th, and a pair was observed migrating south in Pittsfield on the 14th.

A COMMON SHELDUCK of unknown origin was photographed in Rye on August 13th. Speculation is that this may be an escaped captive-raised bird. However, there is also the possibility that this is a vagrant wild bird. The duck refuses to comment so we will probably never know its true origin, but it is free for all to admire.

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

August 7, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 7, 2017.

A SANDHIILL CRANE was seen in Milton on August 7th.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON continues to be seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester during the past week, and was last reported on August 4th.

A GLOSSY IBIS was seen in Etna on several days during the past week and was last reported on August 7th.

A GREAT EGRET was seen in Sullivan on July 28th, 3 were seen in Charlestown on August 5th, and 1 was seen in Plainfield on the 7th.

14 LEAST TERNS were seen at Seabrook Beach and Hampton Harbor, and 2 ROSEATE TERNS were seen in Hampton Harbor, all on August 5th.

3 PIPING PLOVERS were seen at Hampton Beach on August 5th.

A WESTERN SANDPIPER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on August 6th.

8 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were reported from along the coast on August 5th.

There were several inland sightings of LEAST SANDPIPERS and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS during the past week. Coastal shorebird sightings of note during the past week included small numbers of WHIMBRELS, RUDDY TURNSTONES, and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS.

19 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS and 15 NORTHERN GANNETS were seen off of Seabrook Beach on August 5th.

RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Effingham, Lempster, Hancock, Bradford, Goshen, Bartlett, Bethlehem, and Jefferson during the past week.

3 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from the Ethan Pond trail in the White Mountains on August 2nd, and several were reported from Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on the 1st.

2 FISH CROWS were reported from North Hampton on August 5th, and 3 were seen in coastal Rye on the 6th.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was reported from Ashland on August 6th.

2 SPRUCE GROUSE were reported from Mount Crawford in the White Mountains on August 4th.

Migrant warblers reported away from breeding areas during the past week included BLACKPOLL WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, and CANADA WARBLER.

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

August 2, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 31st, 2017.

A BROWN PELICAN was seen in Hampton Harbor on July 29th. This is likely the same bird that was photographed at the Isles of Shoals on the 11th.

5 CORY’S SHEARWATERS were seen from Little Boar’s Head in North Hampton on July 29th.

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES, an adult and a chick, continued to be seen at their nest site area in Newmarket and were reported from there on July 26th, but the chick was not present on the 27th and it seems likely that it has perished. 2 MISSISSIPPI KITES were also reported from along Depot Road in Stratham on the 26th.

A juvenile plumaged DICKCISSEL was seen in East Kingston on July 29th.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES with 2 young continues to be seen in Monroe.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen in the Little River Salt Marsh in North Hampton on July 30th. It was also reported from the coast on the 29th. Another immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester several times during the past week.

2 LEAST BITTERNS were reported from World End Pond in Salem on July 29th, 2017. Image from All About Birds.com.

2 LEAST BITTERNS were reported from World End Pond in Salem on July 29th.

3 GLOSSY IBIS were seen along the coast in Rye on July 28th.

3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen along the coast on July 28th.

3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen in Hampton Harbor, and 2 were seen in Rye Harbor, all on July 30th.

2 SANDERLINGS and a LESSER SCAUP were seen at the Rochester Wastewater

Treatment Plant on July 25th. 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.

10 LEAST TERNS were seen at Seabrook Beach on July 29th. Beach-goers are encouraged to give these endangered birds room to raise their chicks.

3 ROSEATE TERNS were seen in Hampton Harbor on July 29th.

12 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on July 29th, and a pair was seen feeding young at a nest site at Great East Lake in Wakefield on the 25th.

Single RED-CROSSBILLS were reported from Albany, and Hancock during the past week.

Single PEREGRINE FALCON sightings were reported from North Haverhill, Auburn, Hampton, and Nashua during the past week, and a pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS has successfully fledged 3 young in Concord.

A flock of 80 TURKEY VULTURES was seen flying over West Lebanon on July 25th.

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

July 25, 2017

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

There was an unconfirmed report of a flock of 5 BROWN PELICANS seen flying just off of Rye Harbor on July 21st.

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES, an adult and a chick, continue to be seen at their nest site area in Newmarket, and another adult was seen near Depot Road in Stratham, all on July 23rd.

2 WHIMBRELS were seen at Rye Ledge on July 22nd, 2017.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen in the coastal salt marshes located on the opposite side of Route 1A from just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on July 19th, and 1 was seen at the Pickering Ponds in Rochester on July 23rd.

A flock of 11 GLOSSY IBIS was seen along the coast on July 23rd.

A STILT SANDPIPER was seen on July 20, and 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen on the 23rd, all at the Pickering Ponds in Rochester.

2 WHIMBRELS were seen at Rye Ledge on July 22nd.

A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen in Hampton Marsh on July 23rd.

A GREATER YELLOWLEGS was reported from Berry Bay in Freedom on July 20th.

A PIPING PLOVER and 12 LEAST TERNS were seen at Seabrook Beach on July 22nd. Beach-goers are encouraged to give these endangered birds room to raise their chicks.

4 ROSEATE TERNS were seen in Hampton Harbor on July 22nd.

A BLACK GUILLEMOT was seen along the coast in Hampton on July 23rd.

3 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on July 19th.

A few FOX SPARROWS were reported from the White Mountains during the past week where this species appears to be expanding its breeding range.

14 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on July 22nd.

A FISH CROW was reported from Bicentennial Park in Hampton on July 22nd.

A few RED-CROSSBILLS were reported from Sutton, Sunapee, Hancock, Randolph, and Crawford Notch during the past week, and a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was reported from Crawford Notch on July 23rd.

Birders hiking in the White Mountains during the past week reported the expected resident species such as SPRUCE GROUSE, GRAY JAY, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, and BOREAL CHICKADEE.

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

July 19, 2017

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

A BROWN PELICAN was photographed on Seavey Island, one of the Isles of  Shoals, on July 11th.

A SANDHILL CRANE was photographed in Milton on July 12th.

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES continued to be seen at their nest site area in Newmarket until one was reportedly injured in a collision with a car and taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center for treatment on July 13th. The prognosis for recovery is good.

2 immature LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and 2 immature LAUGHING GULLS were seen at Jenness Beach in Rye on July 11th.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen in the salt marsh located on the opposite side of Route 1A from Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on July 15th.

A GLOSSY IBIS was seen along the coast in Rye on July 15, 2017. Wiki Commons photo.

A GLOSSY IBIS and a STILT SANDPIPER were also seen along the coast in Rye on the 15th.

A LEAST BITTERN was reported from World End Pond in Salem on July 15th.

There was an unconfirmed report of a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER seen near Pratt Pond in the Russell-Abbott State Forest in Wilton on July 16th.

8 PIPING PLOVERS were seen on Hampton Beach during the past week, and beach-goers are encouraged to give these small, endangered birds room to roam. The adults and chicks blend in with the beach, so please tread carefully!

LEAST TERNS continued to be seen nesting on Hampton Beach during the past week. Like the PIPING PLOVERS, these birds need space to successfully raise chicks so please be mindful when visiting the beach.

5 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on July 14th.

5 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on July 15th.

2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Richmond on July 11th.

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

July 11, 2017

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

A YELLOW-NOSED ALBATROSS was photographed at the Isles of Shoals on July 3rd and 4th. It was flying near White Island, Seavey Island, and Star Island and landed several times. A BROWN PELICAN was photographed in the same area on July 5th. A BLACK TERN, 2 ARCTIC TERNS, and a GREAT CORMORANT were seen at the Isles of Shoals on July 9th.

A YELLOW-NOSED ALBATROSS was photographed at the Isles of Shoals on July 3rd and 4th. It was flying near White Island, Seavey Island, and Star Island and landed several times. (Photo from Audubon.com)

An adult SANDHILL CRANE was photographed along Route 3 in some large fields in Twin Mountain about a mile from the Carroll-Whitefield Town Line on July 4th, and 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen in a field on Deerfield Road in Nottingham on July 7th.

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES continue to be seen at their nest site area in Newmarket, and were last reported on July 9th.

A possible SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was photographed in Chatham on July 8th and 9th, but has not been relocated.

A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was discovered in a small pond near the start of Sleepy Hollow Drive in Greenland on June 15th, has been seen numerous times since then, and was last reported on July 3rd. 5 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in Hampton Harbor on July 9th.

2 LEAST BITTERNS were reported from World End Pond in Salem on July 4th.

A STILT SANDPIPER was seen in the pools located west of Route 1A just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on July 9th – an early southbound migrant!

11 PIPING PLOVERS were tallied along Seabrook and Hampton Beaches on July 9th. Beach-goers are encouraged to give these small, endangered birds room to roam. The adults and chicks blend in with the beach, so please tread carefully!

4 pairs of LEAST TERNS were seen nesting on Hampton Beach on July 9th. Like the PIPING PLOVERS, these birds need space to successfully raise chicks so please be mindful when visiting the beach.

3 ROSEATE TERNS were seen in Hampton Harbor on July 9th.

2 NELSON’S SPARROWS were reported from the coast on July 9th.

4 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on July 5th.

An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen in Orford on July 5th.

10 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on July 1st, and a pair was seen at Great East Lake in Wakefield on July 5th.

2 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES, 2 GRAY JAYS, and 4 BOREAL CHICKADEES were seen along the Caps Ridge Trail in Jefferson Notch on July 4th.

A RED CROSSBILL was reported from Washington on July 5th, and 2 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on July 9th.

2 EVENING GROSBEAKS have been seen repeatedly in Richmond during the past week, and were last reported on July 7th. Recently, a pair was seen in Etna, and another pair was seen in Enfield.

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

Thanks very much and good birding.

July 6, 2017

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

A BROWN PELICAN was discovered along the coast on June 24th, and was last reported on the 28th. It was later seen in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

15 PIPING PLOVERS were tallied along Seabrook and Hampton Beaches on July 1st. (Photo by Brian Kushner)

2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen in a field on Deerfield Road in Nottingham on June 29th, and 2 SANDHILL CRANES are reportedly raising 2 young in Monroe.

3 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen at their nest site area in Newmarket on July 3rd.

An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was reported from the Oyster River Forest in Durham on July 2nd, but has not been relocated.

An adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was discovered in a small pond near the start of Sleepy Hollow Drive in Greenland on June 15th, was last reported on the July 2nd, and may still be present. There was a report of a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON in a pond along Post Road in Greenland on July 1st, possibly the same bird.

15 PIPING PLOVERS were tallied along Seabrook and Hampton Beaches on July 1st. Beach-goers are encouraged to give these small, endangered birds room to roam. The adults and chicks blend in with the beach, so please tread carefully!

3 pairs of LEAST TERNS were seen nesting on Hampton Beach on July 1st. Like the PIPING PLOVERS, these birds need space to successfully raise chicks.

3 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen at the Pease International Tradeport on July 2nd.

8 NELSON’S SPARROWS were reported from the coast on July 1st.

3 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on June 29th.

A pair of FISH CROWS is nesting at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye and they were seen apparently feeding chicks on July 1st.

10 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on July 1st.

A few RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Canaan, Bradford, and Marlborough during the past week, and a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was reported from Pittsfield on July 3rd.

2 EVENING GROSBEAKS have been seen repeatedly in Richmond during the past week, and were last reported on July 2nd. Another 2 were seen in New Boston on the 25th.

The Coordinated Nighthawk Watch in the pine barrens area in Ossipee, Madison, and Tamworth counted 11 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS on July 3rd. Please contact NH Audubon if you want to help this program.

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.

June 27, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, June 26th, 2017.

A BROWN PELICAN was seen in several locations along the coast on June 24th and 25th. It was seen from Concord Point in Rye, Bicentennial Park in Hampton, and in Hampton Harbor, and could possibly still be present.

A BROWN PELICAN was seen in several locations along the coast on June 24th and 25th. It was seen from Concord Point in Rye, Bicentennial Park in Hampton, and in Hampton Harbor, and could possibly still be present. (Photo by birdsandwater.)

A BROWN BOOBY was discovered on Cobbett’s Pond in Windham on June 10th. It was last reported on the 20th and appears to have left the area.

An immature male KING EIDER was seen along the coast in the cove located at the North Hampton and Rye town line on June 24th.

3 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen near their nest in Newmarket on June 20th.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Hollis on June 22nd.

An adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was discovered in a small pond near the start of Sleepy Hollow Drive in Greenland on June 15th, was last reported on the 26th, and may still be present.

A pair of PIPING PLOVERS has hatched 3 chicks and they were seen foraging on Hampton Beach on June 26th. The young birds are extremely vulnerable at this stage of their lives and beach-goers are encouraged to give these small, endangered birds room to roam. The adults and chicks blend in with the beach, so please tread carefully!

A pair of LEAST TERNS was seen nesting on Hampton Beach on June 26th. Like the PIPING PLOVERS, these birds need space to successfully raise chicks.

A COMMON TERN was seen on Squam Lake on June 22nd.

6 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on June 22nd.

20 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on June 24th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen near the Little Cherry Pond trail at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on June 22nd.

A male SPRUCE GROUSE was seen near the summit of Mount Success on June 24th.

There were several reports of RED CROSSBILLS from scattered locations during the past week.

BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were reported from Mount Washington, Dixville Peak, and Smarts Mountain (Lyme) during the past week.

A RED-THROATED LOON was reported on June 23rd, and a RED-NECKED GREBE was reported on the 24th, both from Lake Winnipesauke.

Other lingering migrants still being reported during the past week included a BUFFLEHEAD and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES on the coast, and a LESSER SCAUP in Rochester.

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.

June 21, 2017

A LAWRENCE’S WARBLER, which is a hybrid between a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER and a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, was seen in Rollinsford on June 14th, 2017. (Photo by Dominic Sherony, Creative Commons)

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, June 19th, 2017.

A BROWN BOOBY was discovered on Cobbett’s Pond in Windham on June 10th and was still present on the 19th. The bird has been seen from the town beach located at #45 Cobbett’s Pond Road. If you try to see the bird, do not park along Cobbett’s Pond Road, do not block traffic, and do not stand in the road. You may need to park on a side road and walk to the beach. Please respect both property and privacy rights.

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen near their nest in Newmarket, 1 was been seen near the Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland, and 1 was seen near Stratham Hill Park, all during the past week.

2 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen at Odiorne Point State Park on June 17th, and 1 was seen at Lunging Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, on June 12th.

A pair of LEAST TERNS is nesting on Hampton Beach.

An adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen in a small pond near the start of Sleepy Hollow Drive in Greenland on June 15th and 16th, and again on the 19th.

There was an unconfirmed report of a SUMMER TANAGER from Darcie Drive in Jaffrey on June 14th.

3 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on June 17th, and 2 were reported from Stearns Drive in Hinsdale on the 15th.

A LAWRENCE’S WARBLER, which is a hybrid between a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER and a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, was seen in Rollinsford on June 14th.

12 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on June 17th, and 3 were seen at Fort Constitution in New Castle on June 14th.

2 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from Tilton Hill Road in Pittsfield on June 14th.

There were several reports of FOX SPARROWS from the White Mountains and Coos County during the past week.

10 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were tallied by a birder hiking the King Ravine Trail on Mount Adams in the White Mountains on June 17th.

Lingering migrants still being reported during the past week included a BUFFLEHEAD and a RED-NECKED GREBE on the coast, a RING-NECKED DUCK in Plainfield, and a LESSER SCAUP in Rochester.

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.

June 13, 2017

Brown Booby, first NH state record, seen in Windham on June 11, 2017; photo by Rebecca Suomala.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, June 12th, 2017.

A BROWN BOOBY was discovered on Cobbett’s Pond in Windham on June 10th and was still present on the 11th and 12th. The bird has been seen from the town beach.

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES are nesting in Newmarket, and at least 2 have been seen near the Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland during the past week. A single MISSISSIPPI KITE was sighted in flight near the Durham Public Library on June 7th.

4 SANDHILL CRANES were seen flying over the Pickering Ponds area in Rochester on June 11th.

3 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from the Concord Airport on June 10th.

2 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS were reported from Pawtuckaway State Park in Nottingham on June 11th.

2 FISH CROWS were seen nesting at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on June 10th, and 3 FISH CROWS were seen in downtown Durham on June 7th.

Over 20 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on June 10th.

A BICKNELL’S THRUSH and a BOREAL CHICKADEE were seen near the top of Cannon Mountain on June 12th.

A pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS that nested in North Walpole has raised 4 chicks that appeared to be ready to fledge as of June 8th. An adult PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Nashua on the 9th.

5 ROSEATE TERNS were seen foraging with 225 COMMON TERNS off of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on June 10th.

A LEAST BITTERN was reported from the Powwow River in Kingston on June 10th.

A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and 53 GREAT EGRETS were seen in Hampton Harbor on June 10th.

Lingering migrants still being reported from the coast during the past week included a BUFFLEHEAD, a RED-THROATED LOON, and a RED-NECKED GREBE.

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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