New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 28th, 2017

Posted on August 28, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 28th, 2017.

An adult AMERICAN AVOCET was photographed on August 23rd at the Colebrook Wastewater Treatment Plant, but has not been relocated.

A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen at the Lancaster Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 27th.

A LEAST BITTERN was seen in the wetland located behind the Price Chopper store on Route 12A in West Lebanon on August 22nd, and a LEAST BITTERN was reported from World End Pond in Salem on the 24th.

A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen several times during the past week along Route 1A in Seabrook, and was last reported on August 25th.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON has been present at the Pickering Ponds in Rochester during the past week, and was last reported on August 28th.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen at World End Pond in Salem on August 24th. A GREAT EGRET was also present.

Single GREAT EGRETS were reported from Henniker, Walpole, and Nashua during the past week, 2 juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at Mill Pond in Walpole on the 28th, and 5 GREEN HERONS were seen in West Lebanon on the 28th.

A family group of 2 adult SANDHILL CRANES and a young SANDHILL CRANE were seen in fields along Plains Road in Monroe on August 23rd. If you look for these birds, do not enter the fields, as they are private property.

A SANDHILL CRANE has been seen on multiple days during the past week in fields along Rollins Road in the vicinity of the Anderson Farm in Rollinsford. It was last reported on August 28th.

A juvenile WILSON’S PHALAROPE and a juvenile WESTERN SANDPIPER were seen in pools located on the west side of Route 1A at the south end of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on August 27th.

A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 26th, 27th, and 28th. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen here on the 28th. The Plant is closed to birders during the week and is only open to birders on weekends if there are no workers present.

A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 28th, and a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen here on the 27th. 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 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at the Pickering Ponds on August 28th.

A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER and 5 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen at World End Pond in Salem on August 28th.

A juvenile BAIRD’S SANDPIPER continued to be seen at the north end of Foss Beach in Rye during the past week.

A WHIMBREL and a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen at the coast on August 26th.

2 BLACK TERNS were seen in offshore waters on August 23rd, and 4 LEAST TERNS were seen in Hampton Harbor on August 26th.

A BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen at Berry Bay in Freedom on August 26th.

A HOODED WARBLER was seen in Northwood on August 23rd.

There were numerous reports of migrating mixed-species flocks of WARBLERS during the past week. Highlights included 20 species tallied in the Freedom Town Forest with 22 CAPE MAY WARBLERS and 5 TENNESSEE WARBLERS. A few BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS were reported from scattered locations.

12 PALM WARBLERS were seen at Mud Pond in Jefferson on August 27th, and 7 were seen in Errol on the 21st.

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Errol, Bethlehem, and Jefferson during the past week.

3 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were reported from Rumney on August 23rd.

COMMON NIGHTHAWK southbound migration continues, and there were several reports during the past week. Highlights included 128 in Wilton on August 21st, 432 in Concord on the 21st, 479 in Hancock on the 26th, 259 in Concord on the 26th, 815 in Hancock on the 27th, and 646 in Concord on the 27th.

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, and was last reported on August 28th. 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.

A flock of approximately 10,000 TREE SWALLOWS was seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on August 26th.

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.