New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 16th, 2017

Posted on October 17, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 16th, 2017.

A family of SANDHILL CRANES consisting of 2 adults and 1 juvenile continues to be seen along Plains Road in Monroe and was last reported on October 14th. 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen flying in Grafton near the Connecticut River on October 11th, and 1 was seen near Viels Farm stand in Strafford on the 9th.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen migrating over Bethlehem on October 12th, and 1 was seen migrating south along the coast on the 16th.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen migrating over Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on October 11th.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Westmoreland on October 14th, and a kettle of 27 TURKEY VULTURES was seen flying over Exeter on the 14th.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen along the Boy Scout Trail at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 12th, and 1 was seen at NH Audubon’s Dahl Sanctuary in Conway on October 13th and 14th.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 15th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on October 12th, 1 was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 12th, and 1 was seen at Witch Island in Hampton on the 11th.

A NELSON’S SPARROW was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on October 15th, 1 was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on the 12th, and 20 were counted in Hampton Marsh on the 15th.

A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen at Goss Farm in Rye on October 15th.

A DICKCISSEL was seen at Goss Farm in Rye on October 12th, and 1 was seen in Ashland on the 10th.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on October 12th.

A flock of 20 RED CROSSBILLS was seen along Route 26 in Cambridge near Maine on October 10th. 28 RED CROSSBILLS and several WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on the 12th. A RED CROSSBILL was reported from the summit of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on the 11th.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen off of Little Boar’s Head in North Hampton on October 14th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen near the north end of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 14th.

A COMMON TERN was seen on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro on October 15th, and 2 were seen in Hampton Harbor on the 14th.

60 CORY’S SHEARWATERS and 7 GREAT SHEARWATERS were seen off of the coast at Hampton Beach State Park on October 14th.

Over 2,100 NORTHERN GANNETS were counted migrating south off the coast on October 15th.

An adult male EURASIAN WIGEON continues to be seen in the southeast part of Great Bay, and was last reported on October 13th.

A flock of 40 SNOW GEESE was seen migrating south over Lyme on October 16th.

Inland reports of SCOTERS during the past week included 63 BLACK SCOTERS and 6 SURF SCOTERS on Cherry Pond in Jefferson on October 12th, and 4 BLACK SCOTERS and 1 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER on Squam Lake on the 12th.

A GREAT CORMORANT was seen at the Wilder Dam on the Connecticut River on October 13th, and 1 was reported from Lovell Lake in Sanbornville on the 15th.

At least 1 RAZORBILL and 2 BLACK GUILLEMOTS were seen off the coast during the past week.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was seen flying near the Concord Airport on October 10th.

Over 100 AMERICAN PIPITS were counted at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on October 12th.

A flock of 9 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was seen at Dodge Pond in Lyman on October 12th, and a few were reported from Carter Hill in Concord on the 14th.

A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was heard in Sandwich on October 12th.

RAPTOR migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and at the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord. Pack Monadnock has reported over 11,014 raptors and Carter Hill has reported over 5,343 raptors, all since September 1st. The majority of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have already passed by, but there are still good numbers of AMERICAN KESTRELS, SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, COOPER’S HAWKS, RED-TAILED HAWKS, OSPREYS, and BALD EAGLES to be seen. Be sure to visit these New Hampshire Audubon staffed observatories this fall season to help out with the counts!

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.