New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Posted on January 23, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 23rd, 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 23rd. 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 just north of Rye Harbor State Park on January 22nd.

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A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on January 17th, 1 was seen along Airport Road at the Keene Airport in Swanzey on the 17th, 1 was seen at a private residence in Sandwich on the 21st, and 1 was seen along Route 10 in Croydon on the 22nd.

A flock of 130 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen behind the L.L. Bean store in North Conway on January 21st, a flock of 60 was seen on Main Street in Center Sandwich on the 19th, 7 were seen in the Shaw’s parking lot in Gilford on the 23rd, and 6 were seen on Ossipee Mountain Road in Moultonborough on the 17th.

A RAZORBILL was seen on the Piscataqua River near New Castle on January 23rd.

2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen near Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on January 19th, 2 were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on the 17th, 1 was seen on Silver Lake in Belmont on the 22nd, and up to 4 were seen on Great Bay on the 22nd.

A pair of GADWALL was seen at the town landing on the Oyster River in Durham on January 23rd, and 1 was seen on Great Bay on the 22nd.

A male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen at wetlands near Daniel Webster College in Nashua on January 17th, 1 was seen in Wheelwright Creek in Exeter on the 21st, and 1 was seen in Meadow Pond in Hampton on the 22nd.

A WOOD DUCK was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on January 19th.

A CAROLINA WREN was reported from Pittsfield on January 18th, and 1 was reported from Candia on the 22nd.

A GRAY CATBIRD was seen in Seabrook on January 17th

6 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen in Kensington on January 21st.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Hampton on January 22nd.

3 FISH CROWS were reported from Salem on January 22nd.

An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was reported from Gilford on January 22nd.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen on Exeter on January 22nd, and 1 was seen in Hollis on the 23rd. A MERLIN was seen in Hollis on January 17th. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Rye, and 1 was seen in Lyme, both on January 22nd.

A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Exeter, and 1 was seen in Stratham, both on January 17th.

8 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Durham on January 21st, and 4 were seen in Kensington on the 22nd.

A flock of 10 AMERICAN PIPITS was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on January 19th.

A flock of 92 HORNED LARKS was seen along River Road in Stratham on January 21st.

Sparrows reported during the past week included several FIELD, CHIPPING, SONG, and SAVANNAH from scattered locations.

An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen in Lempster on January 17th.

4 GRAY JAYS and a BOREAL CHICKADEE were seen at Deer Mountain State Park in Pittsburg, and a BOREAL CHICKADEE was seen visiting a birdfeeder at a private residence in Littleton, all on January 22nd.

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:

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.