New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 20th, 2017

Posted on February 23, 2017
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A NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on February 18th. Image source: US Fish and Wildlife Service.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 20th, 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 February 19th. The bird has been seen on the ground beneath birdfeeders on the left side of a house at 117 Westport Village Road, most often between 7:00-8:00 in the morning. The house is 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, or in the nearby church parking lot Be sure to leave adequate room for large trucks to get by and do not block any driveways. Please be respectful of the neighbors.

An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported from a birdfeeder located behind a house in Epping on February 12th, and it has been seen every day since then.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along Route 12 near the Malnati Farm in Walpole on February 14th.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen with a large flock of HORNED LARKS behind the Agway store in Walpole on February 15th through 19th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was reported from Eel Pond in Rye on February 20th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in Seabrook at Hampton Harbor on February 20th.

2 ICELAND GULLS were seen near Hedgehog Pond in Salem on February 14th, and 1 was seen at the Shaw’s Plaza on Main Street in Nashua on the 20th.

A BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen from Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on February 17th.

A NORTHERN SHOVELER, a RING-NECKED DUCK, 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 2 GREEN-WINGED TEALS, a LESSER SCAUP, and 70 HORNED LARKS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on February 18th.

2 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen at Canobie Lake in Salem on February 14th.

8 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, 14 RAZORBILLS, and 2 BLACK GUILLEMOTS were seen along the coast on February 18th.

A flock of about 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in Conway on February 14th, a flock of 130 was seen in Lyme on the 16th, a flock of 60 was seen in Gorham on the 16th, a flock if 36 was seen in New London on the 20th, a flock of 30 was seen in Bartlett on the 18th, and a flock of 225 was seen in apple trees at the Wildcat Mountain trails on the 19th.

A flock of 6 PINE GROSBEAKS was seen flying in Bartlett on February 13th.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on February 19th.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Hollis on February 18th.

5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen at Kimball Road in Kensington on February 18th.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in New Ipswich on February 17th.

A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Pittsfield on February 20th.

A FIELD SPARROW was seen several times at Boire Field in Nashua during the past week.


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.