New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 27th, 2017

Posted on March 27, 2017
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A flock of 35 SNOW GEESE was seen in a field in Hollis on March 25th; FWS photo.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 27th, 2017.

A GREAT GRAY OWL was discovered in Newport on February 25th, was relocated on March 1st, and has been seen on almost every day since then. It was last reported on March 27th. To look for the bird, take Corbin Road off of Route 10 to Haserlet Park near the Newport Airport, or look in fields along the west side of Route 10 between Corbin Road and Croydon Brook Road. The most reliable viewing time is late afternoon. When you park, be sure not to block driveways, park away from buildings, and respect privacy. Do not trespass on private land. Stay off the airport runway. Please do not approach the owl too closely, do not play recordings, and do not disturb it. For more about owl viewing etiquette, open this link (originally written to apply for Snowy Owls, but also applicable to Great Gray Owls):

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

2 SNOWY OWLS were seen in Hampton Marsh on March 25th.

An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported from a birdfeeder located behind a house in Epping on February 12th, and it has been seen nearly every day since then. It was last reported on March 21st.

2 BLACK VULTURES were seen in Westmoreland on March 21st.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen in Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on March 25th, and 1 was seen at Pitcher Mountain in Stoddard on the 26th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Laconia on March 21st, 1 was seen in Hampton on the 25th, and 1 was seen in Dover on the 25th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near Ash Brook Road in Keene on March 24th, and 1 was seen along Route 10 in Newport on the 26th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Hampton Harbor, and an ICELAND GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, both on March 25th.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen at Sewalls Falls on the Merrimack River in Concord on March 23rd, and a female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen off of Great Boar’s Head in Hampton on March 25th.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, 2 SNOW GEESE, a CACKLING GOOSE, over 4,000 CANADA GEESE, 10 GADWALL, 4 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 4 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and 7 LESSER SCAUP were seen in the Connecticut River valley between Hinsdale and Charlestown on March 26th.

A flock of 35 SNOW GEESE was seen in a field in Hollis on March 25th.

3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and an AMERICAN WIGEON were seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on March 23rd, and 5 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were seen at Field’s Grove in Nashua on the 25th.

5 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen migrating along the coast, and 2 were seen on the Merrimack River in Boscawen, all on March 25th.

A NORTHERN PINTAIL and 20 LESSER SCAUP were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on March 18th.

A “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen in coastal Hampton on March 25th.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included: 20 in Sunapee on March 24th, 70 in Concord on the 24th, 75 in Laconia on the 25th, 30 in Center Sandwich on the 25th, 40 in Meredith on the 25th, and 35 on Krif Road in Keene on March 26th.

2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported from Stoddard on March 26th.

A flock of 34 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen in Meredith on March 21st, and a flock of 18 was seen in Hampton on the 25th.

A flock of 26 HORNED LARKS was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on March 24th, and a flock of 30 was seen in Durham on the 26th.

Several FISH CROWS were reported from Plaistow on March 22nd.

4 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen along the coast in Rye on March 24th.

A GREAT EGRET was seen along the coast on March 25th.

2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen in Dover on March 21st.

A FOX SPARROW was seen in Concord on March 21st, and a CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Greenland on March 26th.

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Swanzey on March 21st.

3 different YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were reported from 3 different counties during the past week.

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.