New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 9th, 2017

Posted on January 9, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 9th, 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 8th. 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 Manchester on January 7th, and 1 was seen near Rye Harbor on the 9th. There were unconfirmed reports of a SNOWY OWL from Lee and Merrimack during the past week.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen in the Hampton Harbor area, and was last reported on January 8th. An ICELAND GULL was seen in Rye Harbor on the 8th.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON, a female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, and a male REDHEAD were all seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in Greenland on January 8th.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on Lake Winnisquam from Lower Bay Road in Sanbornton on January 5th, and 2 males were seen near Stark Landing on themMerrimack River in Manchester on the 9th.

A RUDDY DUCK was seen from Weir’s Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee on January 2nd.

2 GADWALL were seen in Durham on January 8th.

A male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen at wetlands near Daniel Webster College in Nashua on January 3rd, and a female was seen in Exeter on the 8th.


A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in Newport on January 3rd, and 1 was seen in Hillsborough on the 4th.

A flock of 8 PINE GROSBEAKS was seen in Berlin on January 4th, and a flock of 7 was seen on Ossipee Mountain Road in Moultonborough on January 7th.

A flock of 200 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen along Diamond Ledge Road, and a flock of 80 was seen from Great Rock Road, all in Sandwich on January 3rd.

A flock of 34 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen next to White Birch Books in North Conway on the 7th, and a flock of 9 was seen in New London on the 8th.

Highlights of the Sandwich Christmas Bird Count held on January 2nd, included:


3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen at the Pease Golf Course driving range in Portsmouth on January 8th.

A flock of over 100 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen in Derry on January 8th, a flock of 75 were seen in Durham on the 7th, a flock of 55 was seen in Salem on the 1st, a flock of 50 was seen in Warren on the 6th, a flock of 15 was seen in Newport on the 2nd, 7 were seen in Lebanon on the 4th, 5 were seen in Portsmouth on the 8th, 3 were seen in Pittsfield on the 7th, and 2 were seen in Gilmanton on the 7th.

A flock of 75 HORNED LARKS was seen in Durham on January 7th, a flock of 38 was seen in Portsmouth on the 8th, and a flock of 30 was seen in Hampton on the 7th.

4 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Milan on January 4th, 2 were seen in Durham on the 3rd, and 1 was seen in Rochester on the 6th.

14 FISH CROWS were reported from Salem on January 8th, and 1 was reported from Merrimack on the 4th.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Sandwich on January 3rd.

An AMERICAN KESTREL and a FIELD SPARROW were seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on January 3rd, and 8th.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen in Greenland on January 7th, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 2nd.

A MERLIN, a PEREGRINE FALCON, and a NORTHERN HARRIER were seen in the Hampton Marsh area on January 7th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the Nashua Airport on January 4th, and 8th.

4 BALD EAGLES were seen in Dummer on January 4th.

An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was seen in Hollis, and 1 was seen in Nashua, both on January 8th.

A CAROLINA WREN was seen in Pittsfield on January 5th, 1 was seen in Spofford on the 6th, and 1 was seen in Rye on the 8th.

A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen in Rye on January 8th.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Newington on January 8th.

A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Pittsfield on January 6th.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in New Ipswich on January 6th.

3 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Exeter on January 8th.

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen at True Brook in Meriden on January 6th.

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.