New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, December 11th, 2017

Posted on December 13, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, December 11th, 2017.

A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER and a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET were seen at the intersection of Central Avenue and Route 1A in Rye on December 9th and 10th.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was photographed flying over coastal Seabrook on December 10th.

A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER and a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET were seen at the intersection of Central Avenue and Route 1A in Rye on December 9th and 10th, 2017. Spring season Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher photo by Pam Hunt.

A male and a possible female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE were seen behind the Delta Dental Stadium on the Merrimack River in Manchester on December 5th.

A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen off of Seabrook Beach on December 10th.

There was an unconfirmed report of a 1st-winter KING EIDER seen from Little Boar’s Head in North Hampton on December 8th.

A female GADWALL was seen at Eel Pond in Rye on December 10th, and 2 WOOD DUCKS were seen in Salem on the 7th.

A GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen in Rye Harbor on December 10th, and a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER was seen in coastal Rye on the 9th.

A GREAT EGRET was seen at Hampton Marsh on December 8th.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was discovered at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 23rd, and was seen there until November 30th, after which it was re-found in evergreen trees adjacent to the wastewater treatment plant in Seabrook on December 2nd. It was last reported from Seabrook on December 9th. Photographic analysis has enabled confirmation of this bird as the same individual that had been seen earlier in Rye.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye for several days during the past week, and was last reported on December 10th.

A CAPE MAY WARBLER was found at Bicentennial Park in North Hampton on December 2nd, was seen on several days during the past week, and was last reported on the 11th. A YELLOW WARBLER, and a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET were seen here, both on the 10th.

A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen in Swanzey on December 7th.

3 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen on the coast in North Hampton, and 1 was seen at Bicentennial Park in Hampton, both on December 10th.

30 HORNED LARKS and 20 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were counted at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on December 5th.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in Gilmanton Iron Works on December 8th, and 1 was seen in Wilton on the 9th.

A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Nottingham on several days during the past week and was last reported on December 10th.

2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were reported from Bedell Bridge State Park in Haverhill on December 8th.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in Strafford on December 6th, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was seen in Gorham on the 5th.

A NORTHERN FLICKER was seen in Derry and 1 was seen in Manchester, both on December 9th.

A female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen at the Mud Pond Trail in the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on December 11th.

A male AMERICAN KESTREL was seen in Jackson on December 11th.

2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were reported from Concord on December 8th, and 1 was seen in Hollis on the 11th.

Several RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Hancock during the past week.

The Christmas Bird Count takes place every year in designated areas called “count circles”. These circles are 15 miles in diameter and stay the same from year to year. International in scope, the Christmas Bird Count is organized and compiled by the National Audubon Society, who coordinates all count circles so they don’t overlap.

There are 21 counts in New Hampshire, and participation is open to all interested birders, from beginners to experts. Many count circles are coordinated by NH Audubon Chapters. Each count circle is surveyed on its own particular day, between December 14 and January 5. Teams go outside and survey sections of the count circle, but there are also feeder watchers within the circle who tally the birds in their backyards.

Visit the NH Bird Records website for a list of the state’s Christmas Bird Counts and who to contact if you are interested in participating.

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.