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

Posted on 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.