New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, September 4th, 2017

Posted on September 6, 2017

A female MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 4th. It was seen foraging low in goldenrod along the Boy Scout Trail. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen in the same general area, also on the 4th.

2 DICKCISSELS were seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on September 4th.

A female MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 4th, 2017. Photo by Glenn Bartley, National Audubon website.

A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was seen at the Little River Salt Marsh in North Hampton on August 29th.

A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen at the Lancaster Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 27th, and has continued to be seen through the past week. It was last reported on September 3rd.

2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on September 2nd. The Plant is closed to birders during the week and is only open to birders on weekends if there are no workers present.

A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen at North Hampton State Beach on September 2nd.

A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen at Copps Pond in Tuftonboro on August 29th.

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen at the Charlestown Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 30th.

A BLACK TERN was seen at the Pickering Ponds in Rochester on September 3rd and 4th.

Birders scanning the ocean from Rye Harbor State Park on September 3rd reported many migrating birds moving south. Highlights included: a NORTHERN PINTAIL, a CORY’S SHEARWATER, a GREAT SHEARWATER, 680 NORTHERN GANNETS, 12 LAUGHING GULLS, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and a FORSTER’S TERN.

A family group of 2 adult SANDHILL CRANES and a young SANDHILL CRANE were seen in fields along Plains Road in Monroe on September 4th. If you look for these birds, do not enter the fields, as they are private property.

A SANDHILL CRANE has been seen on multiple days during the past week in fields along Rollins Road in the vicinity of the Anderson Farm in Rollinsford. It was last reported on September 2nd.

2 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and 16 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in the dunes along Route 1A in Seabrook on September 2nd.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON has been present at the Pickering Ponds in Rochester during the past week, and was last reported on August 31st.

A GREAT EGRET was seen in Columbia on September 1st, and 1 was seen in Hinsdale on the 4th.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was reported from Mascoma Lake on September 2nd.

A GREAT CORMORANT was seen below the Wilder Dam on the Connecticut River on September 3rd.

A BICKNELL’S THRUSH was reported from Mount Washington on September 2nd.

2 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were reported from the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on September 2nd.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen in Freedom on August 30th.

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

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and/or RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Peterborough, Freedom, Effingham, Bethlehem, and Lempster during the past week.

A COMMON SHELDUCK of unknown origin was photographed in Rye on August 13th. It has been seen every day during the past week in pools located in the salt marshes on the west side of Route 1A just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, and was last reported on August 28th. Speculation is that this may be an escaped captive-raised bird. However, there is also the possibility that this is a vagrant wild bird. The duck refuses to comment so we will probably never know its true origin, but it is free for all to admire.

COMMON NIGHTHAWK southbound migration continues, and there were several reports during the past week. Highlights included: 92 in Freedom on August 29th, 300 in Westmoreland on the 30th, 1,050 in Concord on the 30th, 125 in Nashua on the 30th, 100 in Charlestown on the 30th, 1,399 in Hancock on the 30th, 75 in Bradford on September 2nd, 740 in Hancock on the 2nd, 156 in Concord on the 2nd, 207 in Amherst on the 4th, 50 in New London on the 4th, 50 in Hooksett on the 4th, 137 in Hancock on the 4th, and 477 in Concord on the 4th.

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. 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: 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.