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

Posted on 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.