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

Posted on November 28, 2017

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

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was discovered at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 23rd, and was seen there again on the 24th, 25th, and 26th. Photo taken by Shannon Lewis at Odiorne Point State Park 11/23/17.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was discovered at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 23rd, and was seen there again on the 24th, 25th, and 26th.

A PACIFIC LOON was seen off of Pulpit Rocks in Rye on November 25th and 26th.

A flock of 6 TUNDRA SWANS was seen migrating south at Hampton Beach State Park on November 22nd.

A flock of 8 SANDHILL CRANES was seen migrating south in East Kingston on November 23rd.

A SNOWY OWL was seen at Cherry Pond in the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on November 24th, and 2 were reported from Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals located off of the coast, on November 20th.

An immature NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in Hanover on November 24th.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 24th and 25th, and 1 was seen along Pulpit Rocks Road in Rye on the 26th.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 24th and 26th.

A TENNESSEE WARBLER was seen on November 24th and 25th, a CAPE MAY WARBLER was seen on November 23rd, 24th, and 25th, a PINE WARBLER was seen on November 21st and 26th, and a BLACKPOLL WARBLER was seen on November 23rd, all at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye. A YELLOW WARBLER was seen at Bicentennial Park in Hampton on November 23rd and 24th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen along Ancient Highway in Hampton on November 25th, and 1 was seen at North Side Park in Hampton on the 26th.

A YELLOW-THROATED VIREO was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 24th.

A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was seen in Rye on November 26th.

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on November 21st and 22nd. The treatment plant is gated and the hours of operation are 7:30-3:00 on weekdays. If you visit, please check in at the office and be out of the plant by 2:45 so that plant personnel do not have to ask birders to leave. Do not drive on the dikes and do not block the road. The Trails at Pickering Ponds, located east of the plant, are not gated, and are always open during daylight hours.

A late-migrating LESSER YELLOWLEGS and a SEMIPALMATEAD PLOVER were seen on the coast on November 26th.

13 HORNED GREBES were seen on Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough on November 24th.

A flock of 11 AMERICAN PIPITS was seen in Westmoreland on November 24th.

A flock of 12 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen in Durham on November 24th.

A flock of 21 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was seen flying over the Spicket River in Salem on November 26th.

Several SPRUCE GROUSE were seen along Route 16 at the north end of Dummer during the past week.

2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen in Nashua on November 24th.

Additional late-migrating birds reported during the past week included EASTERN TOWHEE, CHIPPING SPARROW, GRAY CATBIRD, HERMIT THRUSH, GREAT EGRET, and TURKEY VULTURE.

The Christmas Bird Count takes place every year in designated areas called “count circles”. These circles are 15 miles in diameter and stay the same from year to year. International in scope, the Christmas Bird Count is organized and compiled by the National Audubon Society, who coordinates all count circles so they don’t overlap.

There are 21 counts in New Hampshire, and participation is open to all interested birders, from beginners to experts. Many count circles are coordinated by NH Audubon Chapters. Each count circle is surveyed on its own particular day, between December 14 and January 5. Teams go outside and survey sections of the count circle, but there are also feeder watchers within the circle who tally the birds in their backyards.

Visit the NH Bird Records website for a list of the state’s Christmas Bird Counts and who to contact if you are interested in participating.

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.