New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, September 25th, 2017

Posted on September 27, 2017

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, September 25th, 2017.

Birders on a Granite State Whale Watch cruise out of Rye Harbor on September 24, 2017 reported 20 SURF SCOTERS. Photo from Wikicommons.

Birders on a Granite State Whale Watch cruise out of Rye Harbor on September 24th reported: 20 SURF SCOTERS, a COMMON LOON, 3 NORTHERN FULMARS, 3 CORY’S SHEARWATERS, a GREAT SHEARWATER, 8 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS, 40 NORTHERN GANNETS, 3 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, and 2 BONAPARTE’S GULLS.

2 NORTHERN FULMARS, and 4 CASPIAN TERNS were seen off the coast at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 23rd.

2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and 8 LAUGHING GULLS were seen at Jenness Beach in Rye on September 19th, and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at the north end of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 23rd.

An immature male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the southeast part of Great Bay on September 22nd.

A BLACK SCOTER was seen at Chocorua Lake in Tamworth on September 22nd.

A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, and 4 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on September 20th. The treatment plant is gated and the hours of operation are 7:30am-3pm on weekdays. If you visit, please check in at the office and be out of the plant by 2:45pm 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 WESTERN SANDPIPER, 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, and 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen along the coast south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 19th.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, and 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen at World End Pond in Salem on September 21st, 5 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on September 23rd. The plant is only open on weekends, and only when workers are not present.

A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen in Rye Harbor on September 24th.

A juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and 4 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in dunes along Route 1A in Seabrook on September 24th, and a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the Nashua River in Nashua on the 23rd.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen near Mines Falls Park in Nashua on September 23rd, and 2 GREAT EGRETS were seen on the Connecticut River in Monroe on the 20th.

A GREAT CORMORANT was seen at the Wilder Dam on the Connecticut River in Lebanon, and 3 were seen on the Androscoggin River in Shelburne, all on September 22nd.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in fields along Rollins Road in Rollinsford on September 20th.

A WHITE-EYED VIREO was seen along the Boy Scout Trail at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 22nd.

A DICKCISSEL, a YELLOW WARBLER, and a PRAIRIE WARBLER were reported from the Strafford County Farm Complex in Dover on September 18th.

A DICKCISSEL and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW were reported from Great Bay Farm in Greenland on September 19th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on September 21st.

A NELSON’S SPARROW and a SALTMARSH SPARROW were seen together adjacent to pools on the west side of Route 1A south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 23rd.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on September 21st.

There were a few reports of migrating mixed-species flocks of WARBLERS during the past week. Highlights included CAPE MAY WARBLERS, TENNESSEE WARBLERS, and BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS reported from scattered locations.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at World End Pond in Salem on September 22nd.

5 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Springfield on September 23rd, and 1 was reported from Pittsfield on the 21st.

A flock of 75 FISH CROWS was reported from Manchester on September 20th.

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 9,848 raptors and Carter Hill has reported over 4,523 raptors, all since September 1st. The majority of the raptors being seen at this time in the season are BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, but there are also good numbers of SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, OSPREYS, and BALD EAGLES. 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.