New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 9th, 2017

Posted on October 10, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 9th, 2017.

4 NORTHERN FULMARS, a GREAT SHEARWATER, 2 RED-THROATED LOONS, and 47 BRANT were seen along the coast on October 7th. Several CORY’S SHEARWATERS, GREAT SHEARWATERS, and a SOOTY SHEARWATER were seen by birders on a Granite State Whale Watch cruise on October 6th.

2 CASPIAN TERNS were seen in Hampton Harbor on October 4th, and 6 were seen along the coast on October 7th.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen at Hampton Harbor on October 4th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen near the north end of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 3rd.

60 LAUGHING GULLS were seen along the coast, mostly in Rye, and 250 NORTHERN GANNETS were seen along the coast in Seabrook, all on October 6th.

A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was photographed at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on October 7th, but has not been relocated.

Shorebirds of note that were seen along the coast during the past week included: a RED KNOT, a WHIMBREL, an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER.

A GLOSSY IBIS was seen in North Sandwich on October 7th, and 1 was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 6th.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen in Hampton Marsh on October 6th.

A SANDHILL CRANE was heard vocalizing in flight over Hanover Center Road in Hanover on October 8th.

On the weekend of September 30th and October 1st, a group of birders visited Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, and reported the following highlights: a WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, a LARK SPARROW, a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, a DICKCISSEL, an AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

A BLACK GUILLEMOT was seen in Rye Harbor during the past week.

A RUDDY DUCK, and several BLACK SCOTERS and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were reported from Cherry Pond in Jefferson on October 8th.

A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen on Lake Umbagog in Errol on October 7th.

A pair of FISH CROWS was reported from Durham on October 4th.

2 DICKCISSELS were seen with a flock of sparrows along the Cheshire Rail Trail behind the Kohl’s near the pedestrian bridge in Keene on October 3rd, and 1 was relocated there on the 4th. 2 DICKCISSELS were seen at Goss Farm in Rye on the 7th, 1 was seen at Great Bay Farm in Greenland on the 4th, 1 was seen at Hawkin’s Farm in Salem on the 4th, 1 was seen along River Road in Stratham on the 4th, 1 was seen at Silver Doe Lane in Merrimack on the 4th, 1 was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on the 7th, and 1 was seen in Barnstead on the 7th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen in Sandwich on October 7th, 1 was seen in Bradford on the 6th, 1 was seen in Durham on the 5th 1 was seen in Barnstead on the 5th, 2 were seen at Great Bay Farm in Greenland on the 4th, 1 was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on the 4th, and 2 were seen at Goss Farm in Rye on the 3rd.

A NELSON’S SPARROW was seen in Hampton Marsh behind Little Jack’s restaurant on Route 1A in Hampton on October 7th.

3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen at the coast in Hampton on October 7th.

3 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen several times at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye during the past week. Most sightings were from the Boy Scout Trail that starts near the south end of the parking lot and connects to the roadside bicycle path.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen along the Boy Scout Trail at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 8th. Other songbirds reported at Odiorne on October 7th and 8th included a female BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, a PRAIRIE WARBLER, a WILSON’S WARBLER, a BLACKPOLL WARBLER, 3 AMERICAN REDSTARTS, and a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER.

There were only a few reports of migrating warblers during the past week. Highlights included WILSON’S WARBLERS, PALM WARBLERS, CAPE MAY WARBLERS, TENNESSEE WARBLERS, and BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS.

4 RED CROSSBILLS were seen near Black Pond in Windsor on October 5th, 2 RED CROSSBILLS were seen on Mountain Road in Lempster on the 3rd, and 2 were seen at Bradford Bog in Bradford on the 3rd.

A flock of more than 10 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on October 5th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported from Conway on October 3rd.

A late-migrating CHIMNEY SWIFT was reported from Rye on October 5th.

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 10,366 raptors and Carter Hill has reported over 4,877 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, 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.