New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 30th, 2017

Posted on February 1, 2017
bohemian waxwing flock-web

Bohemian waxwing flocks reported in multiple locations for this week’s bird alert.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 30th, 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 29th. 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 at Rye Harbor State Park on January 28th. For more information about proper owl viewing etiquette, please open the link:
http://www.nhaudubon.org/snowy-owl-viewing-observe-without-disturbing/

A flock of 9 PINE GROSBEAKS was seen in downtown Center Sandwich on January 26th, and 3 were seen at Chickwolnepy Road in Milan on the 28th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the Keene Airport in Swanzey on January 28th, 1 was seen in Center Harbor on the 27th, and 1 was seen off of East Milan Road in Berlin, on the 28th.

A flock of 140 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen behind the L.L. Bean store in North Conway on January 28th, a flock of 125 was seen along King Road in Etna on the 28th, a flock of 75 was seen on the Plymouth University campus on the 27th, a flock of 35 was seen along Route 302 north of Glen on the 28th, a flock of 15 was seen in Errol on the 28th, a flock of 20 was seen on Lost Nation Road in Lancaster on the 26th, and a flock of 17 was seen in Sunapee on the 26th.

A flock of 70 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Lancaster on January 28th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in Hampton Harbor on January 28th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen several times in Hampton Harbor during the past week, and an ICELAND GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on January 28th.

Several RAZORBILLS were seen off of the coast of Rye on January 28th, and 6 BLACK GUILLEMOTS were seen along the coast on the 29th.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON, a BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, and a REDHEAD were seen in the southern part of Great Bay on January 28th.

2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen near Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on January 28th.

3 GADWALLS were seen at the Oyster River town landing in Durham on January 29th.

3 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen at Field’s Grove in Nashua, and 1 was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, all on January 28th.

A WOOD DUCK was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on January 25th, and 1 was seen in Wheelwright Creek in Exeter on the 28th.

A CAROLINA WREN was reported from Henniker on January 24th, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 28th.

A WINTER WREN was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on January 26th.

A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen in Rye on January 28th.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Keene on January 26th.

A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was seen along Woodland Road in North Hampton on January 28th.

6 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen along Kimball Road in Kensington on January 29th.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Hampton on January 22nd, and 1 was seen in Rye on the 28th.

4 FISH CROWS were reported from Salem on January 29th.

A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen along River Road in Stratham on January 29th.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in New Ipswich on January 28th.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen in Exeter and 1 was seen in Hollis, a MERLIN was seen at Hampton Beach State Park, and a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Stratham, all on January 28th.

23 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Exeter on January 28th.

A flock of 54 HORNED LARKS was seen at Bodwell Farm in East Kingston on January 29th, and 13 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Malnati Farm in Walpole on the 28th.

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.