New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 1st, 2017

Posted on May 3, 2017

A CATTLE EGRET was seen foraging at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on April 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, and was last reported on the 25th. Photo from Wiki Commons.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 1st, 2017.

A female RUFF (also known as a REEVE) was seen in Hampton Marsh behind Little Jack’s Restaurant on Route 1A in Hampton on April 30th and May 1st.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was seen in the same general area on April 29th and 30th, and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen here on the 29th.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at Bedell Bridge State Park in Haverhill on April 26th, 3 were seen flying over Durham on the 29th, and 1 was seen in Lee in farm fields located on Route 155 opposite Blue Bell Nursery on May 1st.

A CATTLE EGRET was seen foraging at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on April 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, and was last reported on the 25th.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was seen in the Army Corps of Engineers Hopkinton-Everett flood control property on East Weare Road in Weare on April 29th, but has not been relocated.

A HOODED WARBLER was reported from a private residence in Derry on April 30th.

A BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen above the Androscoggin River dam in Errol on April 25th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and an ICELAND GULL, were seen in coastal Rye on April 28th. A LAUGHING GULL was seen in coastal Rye on the 29th.

A BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen on Lake Sunapee, and 3 were seen on Lake Massebesic, all on April 27th.

A BRANT was seen off of Great Boar’s Head in Hampton on April 30th.

A GLOSSY IBIS was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on April 26th, and 3 were seen in Hampton Marsh on the 28th. There were several reports of BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and GREEN HERONS during the past week.

A pair of PIPING PLOVERS was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 30th.

12 LESSER YELLOWLEGS and a GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen at the Charlestown Wastewater Treatment Plant on April 30th.

Shorebird species reported from the coast during the past week included: SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, LEAST SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, WILLET, and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER.

2 SNOW BUNTINGS were reported from the coast on May 1st.

A few EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported during the past week, from Newbury, Sunapee, Concord, Nottingham, and Lyman.

An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen in Portsmouth on April 29th, and 1 was seen in Nashua on the 30th. There were a number of BALTIMORE ORIOLE sightings reported during the past week.

A flock of 150 CHIMNEY SWIFTS was seen in Concord on April 30th.

6 PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cross Beach Road in Seabrook during the past week.

An estimated 1,000 TREE SWALLOWS, and 100 BARN SWALLOWS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on April 30th.

Several RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS were seen during the past week.

At least 17 species of wood warblers that breed in the state were reported during the past week, including: BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, CHESNUT-SIDED WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, PRAIRIE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, and AMERICAN REDSTART.

Other songbirds reported during the past week included: WARBLING VIREO, SCARLET TANAGER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, INDIGO BUNTING, WOOD THRUSH, VEERY, EASTERN KINGBIRD, LEAST FLYCATCHER, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, GRAY CATBIRD, and BROWN THRASHER.

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.