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

Posted on December 21, 2015
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A BULLOCK’S ORIOLE was discovered at a private residence in Hampton at the beginning of December, and was seen fairly regularly since then. It was last seen on December 18th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, December 21st, 2015.

A BULLOCK’S ORIOLE was discovered at a private residence in Hampton at the beginning of December, and was seen fairly regularly since then. It was last seen on December 18th.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was reported from Dummer on December 15th.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen soaring with 8 TURKEY VULTURES in Nashua on December 21st.

A SNOWY OWL has been seen regularly at the Ragged Neck part of Rye Harbor State Park during the past week and was last reported on the 20th. When viewing the Snowy Owl please do not disturb the bird by approaching too closely and please respect private property. For more information, click here…>

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen on the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor, and was last reported on December 19th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER and 2 GRAY JAYS were seen on the Little Cherry Pond trail at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on December 16th. A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen here again on the 20th.

A PALM WARBLER was seen in Derry on December 20th.

A HERMIT THRUSH was reported from Derry, and 2 were seen in Rochester, all on December 18th.

2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen in downtown Dover on December 21st.

A female GADWALL was seen in Rochester on December 18th, and 5 RING-NECKED DUCKS were reported from Kingston on December 20th.

17 RUDDY DUCKS were seen at Beaver Lake in Derry on December 18th.

22 HORNED GREBES were seen on Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough on December 21st.

Highlights from the Pittsburg Christmas Bird Count held on December 14, included: 2 COMMON LOONS, a GREAT BLUE HERON, 10 BALD EAGLES, 4 GRAY JAYS, 103 BOREAL CHICKADEES, 82 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, a SNOW BUNTING, 12 PINE GROSBEAKS, 945 PURPLE FINCHES, a RED CROSSBILL, 21 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, and 2 COMMON REDPOLLS.

Highlights from the Errol-Umbagog Christmas Bird Count held on December 15, included: 7 COMMON GOLDENEYES, a BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, 15 COMMON MERGANSERS, 42 WILD TURKEYS, 5 BALD EAGLES, 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS, a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, 2 NORTHERN SHRIKES, 9 GRAY JAYS, 15 BOREAL CHICKADEES, a SNOW BUNTING, 8 NORTHERN CARDINALS, 4 PINE GROSBEAKS, 217 PURPLE FINCHES, 22 RED CROSSBILLS, 84 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, and 917 PINE SISKINS

Highlights from the Coastal Christmas Bird Count held on December 19, included: 7

EASTERN SCREECH-OWLS, a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, a DOVEKIE, 21 RAZORBILLS, a GLAUCOUS GULL, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, a PEREGRINE FALCON, an EASTERN TOWHEE, 2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, an EASTERN PHOEBE, a PALM WARBLER, a DICKCISSEL, a NORTHERN PINTAIL, 3 WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROWS, a BALTIMORE ORIOLE, an AMERICAN PIPIT, a POMARINE JAEGER, 2 REDHEADS, an AMERICAN REDSTART, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 4 EURASIAN WIGEONS, and 5 GADWALL.

Highlights from the Manchester Christmas Bird Count held on December 19, included: 2 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 38 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 87 HOODED MERGANSERS, 12 RUDDY DUCKS, a COMMON LOON, a GREAT BLUE HERON, an AMERICAN KESTREL, a MERLIN, a NORTHERN FLICKER, 3 CAROLINA WRENS, a HERMIT THRUSH, 74 CEDAR WAXWINGS, 5 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD.

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. 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.

A list of the state’s Christmas Bird Counts, and who to contact if you are interested in participating, can be found HERE.

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.