New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 16th, 2017

Posted on January 16, 2017
A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Rochester on January 11th, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 12th.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Rochester on January 11th, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 12th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 16th, 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 16th. 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 SNOWY OWL was seen in Hampton Marsh behind Little Jack’s Restaurant on Route 1A in Hampton on January 15th. For more information about owl viewing, open the link:

http://www.nhaudubon.org/snowy-owl-viewing-observe-without-disturbing/

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in coastal Rye on January 10th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL and 2 ICELAND GULLS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on January 12th. The treatment plant is gated and the hours of operation are 7:30-3:00 on weekdays. If you visit, please check in at the office and be out of the plant by 2:45 so that plant personnel do not have to ask birders to leave. Do not drive on the dikes and do not block the road. The Trails at Pickering Ponds, located east of the plant, are not gated, and are always open during daylight hours.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Swazey Parkway in Exeter on January 12th.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in Greenland on January 10th, and 14th.

2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen near Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on January 10th.

2 REDHEADS were seen on Great Bay on January 14th.

A WOOD DUCK was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on January 16th.

A male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen at wetlands near Daniel Webster College in Nashua, and 1 was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, both on January 15th.

9 RAZORBILLS were seen from Great Island Common in New Castle on January 15th.

21 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen in coastal Rye on January 14th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Beaver Brook Great Meadow in Hollis on January 14th.

A flock of 7 PINE GROSBEAKS was seen along Ossipee Mountain Road in Moultonborough on January 11th.

A flock of 56 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in North Conway on January 14th.

4 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen in Jackson on January 10th.

A flock of over 150 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen in Durham on January 10th.

A flock of 25 HORNED LARKS was seen in Durham on January 10th, and a flock of 150 was seen in Newfields on the 14th.

16 EVENING GROSBEAKS and 24 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen at a private residence in Jefferson on January 9th.

A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was seen in North Hampton on January 14th, and a PINE WARBLER was seen in Newmarket on the 15th..

A WINTER WREN was seen in Rochester on January 11th, and Merrimack on the 12th.

A CAROLINA WREN was seen in Pittsfield on January 12th.

A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen in Rye on January 8th and 10th,1 was seen in Greenland on the 14th, and 1 was seen in Hinsdale on the 16th.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Penacook on January 15th, and 1 was seen in Rye on the 14th.

A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Pittsfield on January 6th and 10th, a FIELD SPARROW was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on January 11th, and a FOX SPARROW was seen in Greenland on the 14th.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported from Exeter and 1 was seen in Nashua, both on January 15th.

6 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen in East Kingston on January 15th.

A TURKEY VULTURE was seen in Kensington on January 10th,1 was seen in Epping on the 12th, and 8 were seen in Exeter on the 15th.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Rochester on January 11th, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 12th.

Raptor sightings reported during the past week included: 10 BALD EAGLES in Gilford on January 16th, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK in Newmarket, 1 in Etna, and 1 in Hollis, all on the 15th, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK in Chichester on the 15th, an AMERICAN KESTREL in Hollis and 1 in Exeter both on the 15th, a PEREGRINE FALCON in Walpole on the 14th,1 was seen in Salem on the 12th, and 1 was seen in Hampton on the 10th,  a MERLIN in Nashua on the 16th and 1 in Greenland on the 12th, a NORTHERN HARRIER in Stratham on the 14th, and a few COOPER’S HAWKS and SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS from scattered locations.

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.