New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 5th, 2018

Posted on February 7, 2018

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 5th, 2018.

Snowy Owl by Deirdre Avery, seen on Rye Beach Feb. 3, 2018.

A SNOWY OWL was seen in the dunes south of Hampton Harbor in Seabrook, 1 was seen on Rye Ledge, and 1 was seen at Rye Harbor State Park, all on February 3rd.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Exeter on February 4th, and 32 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Exeter on February 3rd.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was reported from Sawyer Field along Route 11 in Gilford on February 5th.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was discovered near 30 Goddard Road in Rindge on January 30th, and was relocated near 45 Goddard Road on February 4th.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on Great Bay on January 30th, and 1 continues to be seen at Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester, where it was last reported on February 3rd.

A male HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen in Rye Harbor on January 30th.

A SNOW GOOSE was seen in coastal Rye on February 3rd and 4th.

A NORTHERN PINTAIL continues to be seen in Cornish and was last reported on February 1st. A NORTHERN PINTAIL and a GREEN-WINGED TEAL were seen in Exeter on February 3rd.

A RAZORBILL was seen in Hampton Harbor on February 3rd.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Hampton Harbor on February 3rd, and a BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen near Rye Harbor on January 31st.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and a DICKCISSEL continue to be seen along Ridgecrest Drive in Exeter and were last reported on February 3rd.

Single FOX SPARROWS were seen in Webster and Penacook during the past week.

An EASTERN TOWHEE continues to be seen at a private residence in Wilton and was last reported on February 4th.

A flock of 100 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen at Moore Fields along Route 155A in Durham on February 4th.

A GRAY CATBIRD was seen in Concord on February 3rd.

6 RED CROSSBILLS and 6 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from Mountain Road in Lempster on January 31st. 5 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from the Sewalls Falls State Recreation Area in Concord on February 4th. A RED CROSSBILL was reported from Cornish on February 1st.

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were seen in North Sandwich, Nottingham, and Exeter, and a few NORTHERN FLICKERS were reported from scattered locations, all during the past week.

3 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen in Walpole on January 30th and 37 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were seen in Kensington on January 31st.

3 FISH CROWS were reported from Great Pond in Kingston on February 5th.

A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Exeter during the past week, and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Westmoreland on January 30th.

Owl courtship activities are beginning and there have been reports of vocalizing BARRED OWLS, GREAT HORNED OWLS, EASTERN SCREECH-OWLS, and NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS during the past week.

The Annual Backyard Winter Bird Survey takes place the second weekend in February and is coordinated by NH Audubon. Participants report any bird species visiting their yard and/or feeders in New Hampshire in order to gather information on the distribution and abundance of many winter species in New Hampshire. To learn more about the Survey, how to participate, past results, and other information, connect to this link:

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.