New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 9th, 2016

Posted on May 10, 2016
A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen in Hampton on May 7th, and 1 was seen in  Exeter on the 9th.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen in Hampton on May 7th, and 1 was seen in
Exeter on the 9th.

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 9th, 2016.

A BLUE GROSBEAK was seen in Manchester on May 8th, but has not been relocated.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen in North Hampton on May 9th.

A COMMON GALLINULE was reported from the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on May 9th.

A LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen at Gilman Park in Exeter on May 7th.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES has returned to Monroe and one of them was seen on April 30th. The birds are most often seen in farm fields along Plains Road. If you look for the birds, please look from the road and do not enter the fields.

A THICK-BILLED MURRE was seen at Seal Rocks in Rye on May 3rd.

A male HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen from Rye Harbor State Park on May 9th.

2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were seen in Newfound Lake on May 7th.

A FORSTER’S TERN was reported from the Connecticut River in Charlestown on May 2nd. Also present were a DUNLIN and 21 LESSER/GREATER YELLOWLEGS. A GADWALL was seen here on the 7th.

2 COMMON TERNS were seen on Lake Sunapee on May 3rd.

A CASPIAN TERN and a COMMON TERN were seen on Spofford Lake in Chesterfield on May 5th, and a BLACK TERN was seen here on the 7th.

A CASPIAN TERN, 2 BONAPARTE’S GULLS, a RED-NECKED GREBE, and a RUDDY DUCK were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on May 5th. 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen here on the 7th.

12 BONAPARTE’S GULLS, 29 RED-NECKED GREBES, and 8 LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen in Lake Sunapee on May 7th.

2 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen in Newport on May 7th.

34 BONAPARTE’S GULLS, 38 COMMON LOONS, and 3 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were seen on Lake Sunapee on May 5th.

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER and 4 LESSER YELLOWLEGS were seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on May 3rd.

16 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, an AMERICAN BITTERN, and a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON were seen in Hampton on May 6th. An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen in Hollis on May 3rd, and 1 was seen in Nashua on the 9th.

56 GLOSSY IBIS, 70 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 660 TREE SWALLOWS, and 453 BARN SWALLOWS were seen migrating north during 5-hours of observation at Hampton Beach State Park on May 9th.

3 GLOSSY IBIS were seen at World End Pond in Salem on May 7th.

A NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen on the Suncook River in Pittsfield on May 7th.

3 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in Hanover on May 4th.

2 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Old Cherry Mountain Road in Jefferson on May 7th.

4 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Bennington on May 7th.

3 GRAY JAYS were seen visiting a birdfeeder in Colebrook on May 3rd.

A “BREWSTER’S” WARBLER, a hybrid between a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER and a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, was seen in Hancock on May 8th.

2 CAPE MAY WARBLERS were reported from Henniker on May 8th, 1 was seen in Concord on the 9th, and 1 was seen in Hanover on the 9th. A WILSON’S WARBLER was seen in Pittsfield on May 5th, and 1 was seen in Concord on the 9th. 3 BLACKPOLL WARBLERS were reported from Thornton on the 7th.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen in Hampton on May 7th, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 9th.

An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen in Antrim, and 1 was seen in Exeter, both on May 9th.

A PURPLE MARTIN was seen in Seabrook on May 6th.

2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen in Thornton on May 6th.

2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen in Lyme on May 5th.

Spring arrivals reported during the past week included: SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILLET, RUDDY TURNSTONE, LEAST SANDPIPER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, CANADA WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, BOBOLINK, INDIGO BUNTING, SCARLET TANAGER, and LINCOLN’S SPARROW.

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.