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

Posted on December 28, 2015
Eurasian Wigeon Photo by Laurence Butler

At least 2 EURASIAN WIGEONS continue to be seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in Greenland. Photo by Laurence Butler.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, December 28th, 2015.

At least 2 EURASIAN WIGEONS and 2 REDHEADS continue to be seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in Greenland.

8 SNOW GEESE were seen at Sherman’s Farm in Conway on December 24th, and 1 was seen in Durham on the 27th.

A pair of NORTHERN SHOVELERS was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on December 24th.

20 AMERICAN COOT, 3 NORTHERN PINTAILS, and a WOOD DUCK were seen in the Powwow Pond area in Kingston during the past week.

18 RUDDY DUCKS were seen at Beaver Lake in Derry on December 24th, and 22 RUDDY DUCKS were seen on Canobie Lake in Salem on the 28th.

2 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen on Lower Kimball Pond in Chatham on December 24th, and 14 RING-NECKED DUCKS and a LESSER SCAUP were seen on World End Pond in Salem on the 28th.

5 RAZORBILLS were seen from Fort Constitution in New Castle on December 26th.

2 BLACK GUILLEMOTS and 12 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen along the coast on December 26th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 9 RUDDY DUCKS were seen at Willand Pond in Dover on December 25th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen on the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor and was last reported on December 26th.

An ICELAND GULL was reported from Salem on December 25th.

A DICKCISSEL was seen with a flock of HOUSE SPARROWS on School Street in Lakeport on December 28th.

A flock of 12 FISH CROWS was seen near Canobie Lake in Salem on December 25th.

30 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were reported from Jackson on December 24th.

2 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen in Jackson on December 26th.

6 PINE GROSBEAKS, 4 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, and 2 BOREAL CHICKADEES were seen in Pittsburg on December 23rd.

A SPRUCE GROUSE, 6 RED CROSSBILLS, and 3 BOREAL CHICKADEES were seen on the Ethan Pond Trail in the White Mountains on December 24th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER and at least 20 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen along the woodland trails at Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on December 26th.

62 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Newmarket on December 24th.

A BROWN THRASHER has been seen in Barrington every day during the past week.

2 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on December 25th.

A CAROLINA WREN was seen in Hanover on December 26th.

Highlights from the Saxtons River Christmas Bird Count held (mostly in Vermont) on December 19, included: a BLACK SCOTER, a KILLDEER, a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, a SWAMP SPARROW, and a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD all in the New Hampshire portion of the count circle.

Highlights from the Peterborough-Hancock Christmas Bird Count held on December 19, included: 113 COMMON MERGANSERS, a COMMON LOON, a NORTHERN
GOSHAWK, a NORTHERN FLICKER, a HERMIT THRUSH, and 3 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS.

Highlights from the Keene Christmas Bird Count held on December 20, included: 7 BALD EAGLES, 6 COOPER’S HAWKS, 2 BUFFLEHEADS, 12 RING-NECKED
DUCKS, 1 COMMON GOLDENEYE, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, a HERMIT THRUSH, and a CHIPPING SPARROW.

Highlights from the Lee-Durham Christmas Bird Count held on December 20, included: 47 TURKEY VULTURES, 3 HERMIT THRUSHES, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 12
HOODED MERGANSERS, a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, an AMERICAN PIPIT, an EASTERN SCREECH-OWL, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 9 RUDDY DUCKS, a GADWALL, a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, a LINCOLN’S SPARROW, a BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and a HOUSE WREN.

Highlights from the Nashua-Hollis Christmas Bird Count held on December 26, included: 2 GREAT BLUE HERONS, 2 WOOD DUCKS, 6 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 5 HOODED MERGANSERS, 3 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 6 COOPERS HAWKS, 4 BELTED KINGFISHERS, 9 NORTHERN FLICKERS, 3 HERMIT THRUSHES, a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, a FOX SPARROW, a SWAMP SPARROW, 3 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS, an EASTERN SCREECH OWL, a PINE WARBLER, a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

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.