New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 21st, 2017

Posted on August 24, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 21st, 2017.

A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Charlestown on August 18th. A SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and a LESSER YELLOWLEGS were reported from here on the 19th.

A BROWN PELICAN was seen again, inside the Hampton Harbor inlet on August 15th, and near the Isles of Shoals on the 20th. This is likely the same bird that has been reported irregularly along the coast for more than a month.

3 CORY’S SHEARWATERS, 11 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS, and 6 NORTHERN GANNETS were all seen off of Seabrook Beach on August 19th.

A LEAST TERN was seen at Seabrook Beach on August 19th.

Semipalmated Plover, photo by Bob Basile.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was photographed on Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, on August 20th.

2 immature DICKCISSELS were seen in wildflowers in the lower east orchard at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on August 17th.

Up to 2 LEAST BITTERNS were seen in the wetland located behind the Price Chopper store on Route 12A in West Lebanon on August 15th, 16th, 18th, and 19th. A LEAST BITTERN was reported from World End Pond in Salem on August 19th.

A juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen in Exeter on August 18th.

1 or 2 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and up to 14 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen during the past week along Route 1A in Seabrook. 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen along the Nashua River in Nashua on the 19th.

A GLOSSY IBIS was seen flying over downtown Concord on August 20th, and a flock of 13 GLOSSY IBIS was seen in coastal North Hampton on August 15th.

A GREAT EGRET was seen in Walpole on August 20th.

A juvenile BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen on Foss Beach in Rye on August 19th and 20th, and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen here on the 20th.

2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen in Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on August 19th.

Coastal shorebird sightings of note during the past week included small numbers of SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, RUDDY TURNSTONES, and SANDERLINGS.

A RED CROSSBILL was reported from the White Mountains on August 16th.

An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen in Spofford on August 17th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen in Pittsfield on August 21st.

A female and a male BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER were both seen at the boardwalk on the Mud Pond Trail at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on August 18th.

4 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Seabrook Beach on August 19th.

50 FISH CROWS were reported from Plaistow on August 15th.

COMMON NIGHTHAWK southbound migration has begun, and there were several reports during the past week. Highlights included 124 in Concord on August 17th, 174 in Concord on the 19th, 104 in Hooksett on the 19th, 54 in Keene on the 20th, and 48 in Concord on the 20th.

A COMMON SHELDUCK of unknown origin was photographed in Rye on August 13th. It has been seen every day during the past week in pools located in the salt marshes on the west side of Route 1A just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye. 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.