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

Posted on 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: 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.