New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 13th, 2017

Posted on February 15, 2017

A DOVEKIE was seen off the coast of Rye on February 12th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 13th, 2017.

A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th and it has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on January 31st. The bird has been seen visiting a birdfeeder on the side of a house at 117 Westport Village Road and has been visible from the road. The house is very close to the road, which is very busy with little room for parking. The best option may be to park on the southeast side of the road between Depot Road and Sandy Road just south of the feeder location and walk to the feeders. Be sure to leave adequate room for large trucks to get by and do not block any driveways. Please be respectful of the neighbors. The bird has usually been seen in the mid-morning and early afternoon, and has also been seen across the street and along Depot Road and Sandy Road.

An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported from a birdfeeder in Epping on February 12th.

A SNOWY OWL was reported from along Briar Road in Bedford on February 8th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in a marshy section of the Sugar River along Route 11 between Sleeper and Treatment Plant Roads on February 13th. If you look for this bird, be extremely careful, as the speed limit here is 50-MPH. Another NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along Route 10 in Orford on the 7th and 8th.

A DOVEKIE was seen off the coast of Rye, and a THICK-BILLED MURRE was seen off the coast of Hampton, both on February 12th.

An ICELAND GULL, an AMERICAN WIGEON, 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS, a GREEN-WINGED TEAL, a RING-NECKED DUCK, and 2 LESSER SCAUP were all seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on February 11th.

3 GADWALLS were seen at the Oyster River town landing in Durham on February 9th.

2 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen on the Merrimack River in Concord on February 8th, and a WOOD DUCK was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on February 8th.

60 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 20 COMMON MERGANSERS, and 20 HOODED MERGANSERS were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on February 8th.

A flock of 18 PINE GROSBEAKS was seen in North Sandwich on February 13th.

A flock of 18 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Jefferson on February 11th.

A flock of about 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen behind the fire department in Conway, and a flock of 25 was seen in Plymouth, all on February 10th. Several more were seen in Hanover on the 7th.

A flock of 70 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen at River Road in Plainfield, and a flock of 60 HORNED LARKS was seen behind the Agway store in Walpole, all on February 11th.

A WINTER WREN was reported from Hollis, and a CAROLINA WREN was reported from Derry, both on February 11th.

3 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen at Kimball Road in Kensington on February 11th.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in New Ipswich on February 12th.

A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Pittsfield on February 11th, and 1 was seen in Hooksett on the 7th.

A FIELD SPARROW was seen several times at Boire Field in Nashua during the past week, and a FOX SPARROW was seen in Goffstown on February 9th.

15 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen at a bird-feeding station in Jefferson on February 11th.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on February 8th.

2 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Nashua, and single TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Exeter, Epping, Salem, and Hollis, all during the past week.

A FISH CROW was reported from Nashua on February 13th.

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: 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.