November 11, 2014

Posted on November 17, 2014

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, November 11th, 2014.


A WESTERN GREBE was discovered off of Great Boar’s Head in Hampton on November 6th, and has been seen there numerous times since then. It has been seen both on the north and south sides of Great Boar’s Head and was last reported on the 9th.


3 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS including an adult male, a first year male and a female have been seen regularly with a large flock of EUROPEAN STARLINGS, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS foraging in grassy and shrubby locations along Route 1A, side streets along Route 1A, and along Route 286 in Seabrook during the past week. They were most recently reported from near Hampton Beach State Park on November 11th.


A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen near the public boat launch at Adams Point in Durham on November 10th and 11th.


A possible WESTERN TANAGER was reported from near Memorial Hall on the Plymouth State University campus on November 5th.


A LARK SPARROW was seen near the Edelhab unit near the Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 8th.


A DICKCISSEL was seen at the Fort Eddy gardens, located in the field with the large sycamore on November 8th and 9th.


A male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen with 150 AMERICAN WIGEONS, and a NORTHERN PINTAIL on the Greenland side of Great Bay on November 8th.


A SNOWY OWL was seen on the Seabrook side of the entrance to Hampton Harbor, and a SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at Hampton Beach State Park, both on November 8th.


2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen in fields at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on November 10th.


9 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen in coastal Hampton on November 9th, and a WILSON’S SNIPE was seen in Hampton Marsh on the 9th.


An AMERICAN WOODCOCK was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 10th.


11 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen on the coast in Hampton on November 9th.


8 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen from the top of Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on November 6th.


A flock of an estimated 450 SNOW BUNTINGS, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR, an AMERICAN PIPIT, and 2 HORNED LARKS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on November 11th.


A LAPLAND LONGSPUR, 150 HORNED LARKS, 2 KILLDEER, and a VESPER SPARROW were seen at Morrill’s Farm in Penacook on November 9th.


A male GADWALL, 7 AMERICAN COOTS, and 3 late-migrating TREE SWALLOWS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on November 11th. A RUDDY DUCK was seen here on the 8th.


5 RUDDY DUCKS, 4 HORNED GREBES, and an AMERICAN COOT were all seen on Great Bay from the Discovery Center in Greenland on November 8th.


2 HORNED GREBES and a PIED-BILLED GREBE were seen on Spofford Lake in Chesterfield on November 9th.


3 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 38 AMERICAN WIGEONS, and 237 RED-THROATED LOONS were tallied migrating south along the coast in Hampton on November 9th.


A pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS was reported from Concord on November 11th.


A PEREGRINE FALCON and a GREAT EGRET were seen in Seabrook Marsh on November 9th.


A BLACKPOLL WARBLER was seen in Greenland on November 8th, and a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was seen in Hampton on November 9th.


A PALM WARBLER, and a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER were seen in Penacook on November 9th.


A number of FOX SPARROWS, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were reported from scattered locations during the past week.


Fall season RAPTOR migration continues with migrating raptors being counted daily at hawk-watching sites. To date, the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough has counted over 13,400 raptors, the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord has counted over 6,800 raptors, and hawk-watchers on Little Round Top in Bristol have seen over 2,700 raptors. Of particular note was a GOLDEN EAGLE seen on November 7th, and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK seen on November 8th, both from Pack Monadnock. Be sure to visit these viewing sites this fall season to help out with the counts! Pack Monadnock and Carter Hill will be staffed by NH Audubon through November 15th. Although flights of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have passed, there are still many more raptors to be counted.


An estimated 50,000 BLACKBIRDS were reported from the Great Bog in Portsmouth on November 10th.


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. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon web site,


Thanks very much and good birding.