New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Posted on January 2, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 2nd, 2017.

A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th, has been seen many times since then, and was last reported on January 2nd. The bird is being seen visiting a birdfeeder on the side of a house at 117 Westport Village Road and is 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.

112 HORNED LARKS were tallied at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis, and a flock of over 40 HORNED LARKS was seen behind the Walgreens in Walpole, all on December 28th, 2016.

112 HORNED LARKS were tallied at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis, and a flock of over 40 HORNED LARKS was seen behind the Walgreens in Walpole, all on December 28th, 2016.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Westmoreland on January 1st, and 19 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Exeter on December 31st.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen in Seabrook, and was last reported from near Hampton Harbor on December 28th. An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on December 1st.

30 RAZORBILLS were seen from Great Island Common in New Castle on December 26th, 14 were seen from Seabrook Beach on January 2nd, and there were several sightings of 1-2 individuals reported from along the coast during the past week.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on Lake Winnisquam from Lower Bay Road in Sanbornton on January 1st, and 1 was seen near Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on December 31st and January 1st.

A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen in Rye Harbor on December 27th.

A male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen at wetlands near Daniel Webster College in Nashua on December 28th.

2 WOOD DUCKS were seen on Sagamore Creek in Portsmouth on December 26th and 27th, and 1 was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on January 1st.

A GREATER SCAUP and a LESSER SCAUP were seen on Lake Winnisquam from Lower Bay Road in Sanbornton on January 2nd.

An immature NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen from Trask Brook Road in Sunapee on December 28th, 1 was seen in Chatham on the 30th, and 1 was reported from Berlin on January 1st.

Over 40 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen at the Attitash Resort in Bartlett on January 2nd, a flock of 150 was reported from Berlin on the 1st, a flock of 50 was seen in Gorham, and a flock of 49 was seen in Sandwich on December 29th.

A flock of 8 PINE GROSBEAKS was seen in Sandwich on December 28th, a flock of 30 was seen in Berlin on January 1st, and a flock of 20 was also seen in Berlin on the 1st.

A flock of over 50 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen in Warren on December 29th, 15 were seen in Nashua on the 28th, and 3 were seen in Keene on the 27th.

2 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at Rye Harbor State Park on December 27th.

112 HORNED LARKS were tallied at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis, and a flock of over 40 HORNED LARKS was seen behind the Walgreens in Walpole, all on December 28th.

46 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were counted at a private residence in Jefferson, and over 50 were seen in fields along North River Road in Milford, all on January 1st.

An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen in Durham on January 1st.

A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Seabrook, and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Epping, both on December 31st.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis, and a MERLIN was seen in Nashua, both on January 1st.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on December 28th, and 1 was reported from Westmoreland on January 1st.

A PINE WARBLER was seen in Brookline on December 31st.

A WINTER WREN was seen in Portsmouth on December 26th and 1 was seen in Milford on January 1st.

A GRAY CATBIRD was seen in Seabrook and 1 was seen in North Hampton, both on December 26th.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was reported from New Ipswich on January 1st.

8 SAVANNAH SPARROWS were seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis, and a SWAMP SPARROW was seen elsewhere in Hollis, all on December 28th.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Milford on January 1st.

A GREAT BLUE HERON was seen in the Rye Harbor on December 26th.

A GRAY JAY was seen at the summit of Wildcat Mountain on December 26th.

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. 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.