October 12, 2011

Posted on October 13, 2011

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, October 12th, 2011.

A male HOODED WARBLER, a WHITE-EYED VIREO, a SUMMER TANAGER, a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 9th, and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen here on the 7th.

Highlights of a birding trip to Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, included: a SUMMER TANAGER, a WORM-EATING WARBLER, 3 TENNESSEE WARBLERS, a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR, and a NELSON’S SPARROW, all on October 6th.

A WHITE-EYED VIREO and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW were seen in Hampton on October 8th, and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen off of Krif Road in Keene on October 10th.

A female BLUE GROSBEAK was seen at the Concord Community Gardens off of Clinton Street in Concord on October 3rd, 5th, and 7th, and one was reported from Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 11th.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at the Two Rivers Conservation Area in Epping on October 8th, one was seen in Concord on the 10th, and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and a TENNESSEE WARBLER were seen along Route 122 in Hollis on October 10th.

A DICKCISSEL and 11 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen in the fields behind the Concord Post Office on Loudon Road on October 10th, a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, 14 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 2 LEAST SANDPIPERS, and a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER were seen here on the 7th, and 4 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and 7 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen here on the 6th.

2 RED PHALAROPES, 11 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were reported from the Charlestown Wastewater Treatment Plant and surrounding area on October 6th, and 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen along Krif Road in Keene on October 10th.

A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen along with 3 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS in Hampton Harbor on October 9th.

39 FORSTER’S TERNS, 30 GREAT EGRETS, and a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON were seen in Hampton Harbor on October 8th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in Dover on October 10th, and one was seen in Peterborough on the 12th.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen flying along the coast in Hampton on October 8th.

4 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from the White Mountains on October 6th, and one was reported from Antrim on the 8th.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 7th and 9th.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was reported from Hinsdale on October 7th, a MOURNING WARBLER was seen at Sherman Farms in East Conway on October 9th, and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was reported from Milford on October 8th.

A RUDDY DUCK was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on October 8th.

Nearly 14,000 raptors have been reported from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and nearly 10,000 have been reported from the Carter Hill Raptor Observatory in Concord, all since September 1st.
Species reported include GOLDEN EAGLE, BALD EAGLE, OSPREY, NORTHERN HARRIER, AMERICAN KESTREL, MERLIN, PEREGRINE FALCON, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, COOPER’S HAWK, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, and RED-TAILED HAWK. Be sure to visit these observatories this fall season to help out with the count!

A WHOOPER SWAN was reported from Meadow Pond in Hampton on October 6th, but is likely not a wild bird.

A PARASITIC JAEGER, a POMARINE JAEGER, 3 NORTHERN FULMARS, several GREAT and CORY’S SHEARWATERS, and a CAPE MAY WARBLER were highlights of a whale watch cruise out of Rye Harbor that spent most of the time in Maine waters on October 9th.