New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, December 4th, 2017

Posted on December 6, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, December 4th, 2017.

170 Dovekies, among others, were spotted by birders on a fishing boat out of Seabrook on December 3, 2017. (Dovekie image from Creative Commons)

Birders on a fishing boat out of Seabrook on December 3rd reported: 170 DOVEKIES, 4 ATLANTIC PUFFINS, a COMMON MURRE, 16 RAZORBILLS, 2 BLACK GUILLEMOTS, 52 UNIDENTIFIED ALCID SPECIES, 258 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, 35 NORTHERN FULMARS, a GREAT SHEARWATER, and 39 NORTHERN GANNETS.

2 RAZORBILLS and 3 BLACK GUILLEMOTS were seen from Rye Harbor State Park on December 2nd, and a HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen from here on the 3rd, A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in Seabrook on December 2nd and 3rd.

A SNOWY OWL was seen in marshy habitat and on rooftops near Cooper Road at the north end of Newfound Lake on December 2nd and 3rd, 1 was seen along the coast on November 28th, and 1 was seen in fields at Great Bay Farm in Greenland on the 2nd.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on November 28th.

A SNOW GOOSE was seen with a flock of CANADA GEESE on the Salmon Falls River in Rollinsford on November 27th and 28th.

A male REDHEAD was seen with an estimated 500 GREATER SCAUP on the southeast section of Great Bay on December 2nd, and a RED-THROATED LOON was seen on Great Bay on the 3rd.

A female GADWALL and a PIED-BILLED GREBE were seen at Eel Pond in Rye on December 2nd. A male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen in the Sugar River in Newport on December 2nd.

A 1st-winter BLUE GROSBEAK was photographed at a private residence in Hampstead on December 4th.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was discovered at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 23rd, and was last reported from there on the 28th. A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was discovered in evergreen trees adjacent to the wastewater treatment plant in Seabrook on December 2nd, but there is no way to tell if this is 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 seen on December 4th. Another YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at a private residence in Rye on November 28th.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at North Hampton State Beach on December 1st.

A CAPE MAY WARBLER and a PINE WARBLER were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 28th, and a YELLOW WARBLER was seen here on December 2nd.

A CAPE MAY WARBLER was seen at Bicentennial Park in North Hampton on November 28th, and again on December 2nd. A NELSON’S SPARROW was seen here on December 1st.

A PINE WARBLER was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on December 3rd, and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen here on November 30th.

A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was seen in Pittsfield on November 29th.

A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was seen in Rye on December 2nd.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Concord, and 1 was seen in Hampton Harbor, both on December 3rd.

2 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Pittsfield on December 1st.

6 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen in Haverhill on December 3rd.

4 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at Rye Harbor State Park on December 4th.

2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen in Errol on December 2nd, and a FOX SPARROW was seen in Penacook on December 3rd.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in Wilton on December 1st.

75 FISH CROWS were seen in Salem on December 1st.

Additional lingering migrants reported during the past week included YELLOW-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, MARSH WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, and FIELD SPARROW.

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.