New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 6th, 2017

Posted on February 8, 2017
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A WINTER WREN was seen at the Milford Fish Hatchery, and 1 was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester, both on February 4th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 6th, 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.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at NH Audubon’s Thompson Wildlife Sanctuary in North Sandwich on February 1st, and 1 was seen in Epping on the 5th.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen in North Hampton on February 5th.

A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Exeter on February 3rd.

A MERLIN was seen in Rye on February 5th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL an ICELAND GULL, and a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE were seen in or near Hampton Harbor on February 5th.

2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen near Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on February 5th, and 2 BUFFLEHEADS have been seen in the same area. Another BUFFLEHEAD has been seen regularly on Silver Lake in Belmont.

3 GADWALLS were seen at the Oyster River town landing in Durham on February 2nd.

A WOOD DUCK was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on February 1st, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 5th.

12 RAZORBILLS were seen along the coast on February 5th.

A flock of about 200 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen near the L.L. Bean store in North Conway on February 5th, a flock of 20 was seen in Sandwich on January 30th, and a few were reported from Etna, Hanover, and Plainfield during the past week.

A WINTER WREN was seen at the Milford Fish Hatchery, and 1 was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester, both on February 4th.

5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen along Kimball Road in Kensington on February 3rd.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported from Durham on January 31st.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in New Ipswich on February 4th.

15 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen at the Bradford Village Inn on February 3rd.

A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Pittsfield on February 5th.

7 SAVANNAH SPARROWS were seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on February 3rd.

7 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Kensington on February 1st.

A PURPLE SANDPIPER was seen in Rye on February 5th.

The Annual Backyard Winter Bird Survey takes place during 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. The survey gathers 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, navigate to: http://nhbirdrecords.org/bird-conservation/bwbs/backyard-winter-bird-survey/

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.