October 15, 2014

Posted on October 16, 2014

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, October 15th, 2014.


A NORTHERN WHEATEAR was seen and photographed in Warner on October 12th, and another was seen and photographed in Nashua on October 10th. Neither bird has been relocated.


A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen was seen at the Concord Community Gardens on Birch Street, off of Clinton Street, on October 5th, 6th, 9th, 11th, and 13th.


A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO were both reported from Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 12th.


An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at the old Kingston Fairgrounds on Green Road on October 13th, one was seen near the Strafford County Complex in Dover on the 11th, one was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 11th, and 2 were seen at Odiorne Point State Park on the 12th.


10 RED CROSSBILLS were seen from the bridge on Chocorua Lake Road at the south end of Lake Chocorua in Tamworth, and 2 were reported from the south end of Bear Notch Road in the White Mountains, all on October 13th.


A probable GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 12th, and a probable DICKCISSEL was reported from fields along North Pepperell Road in Hollis on October 10th.


3 STILT SANDPIPERS were seen in Hampton Marsh behind Little Jack’s restaurant along Route 1A on October 13th and 15th, and a WHIMBREL was seen in Seabrook on October 8th.


6 RUDDY DUCKS, 37 TURKEY VULTURES, an AMERICAN COOT, 5 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and 34 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on October 9th, and 8 RUDDY DUCKS, a GADWALL, 3 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, and a LEAST SANDPIPER were seen here on the 15th. The treatment plant is gated and the hours of operation are 7:30-3:00 on weekdays. If you visit, please check in at the office and be out of the plant by 2:45 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.


5 RUDDY DUCKS, 2 AMERICAN COOTS, and 2 DUNLIN were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on October 11th.


A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen in Rumney on October 9th.


16 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, and 11 GREAT EGRETS were seen in Hampton Harbor on October 12th.


A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen in the Connecticut River in Westmoreland on October 13th.


5 AMERICAN PIPITS and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD were seen at the Pondicherry Audubon Sanctuary in Jefferson on October 12th.


A flock of over 100 AMERICAN PIPITS was reported from the Tomapo Farm fields on Storrs Hill in Lebanon on October 8th.


An unidentified “white-colored” HUMMINGBIRD was reported from Rye on October 7th.


Several PIED-BILLED GREBES and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were reported during the past week from scattered locations.


There were several reports of AMERICAN WOODCOCK sightings during the past week, including some vocalizing.


130 PINE SISKINS were tallied atop Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on October 14th, and 80 were counted at Cherry Pond in Jefferson on October 12th. Smaller flocks were reported from numerous locations during the past week.


An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was heard in Manchester on October 10th.


2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen in Hampton on October 11th.


15 TURKEY VULTURES were seen roosting in trees along Salmon Street in Newmarket on October 12th.


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 12,750 raptors, the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord has counted over 6,000 raptors, and hawk-watchers on Little Round Top in Bristol have seen over 2,700 raptors. Of particular note was a GOLDEN EAGLE seen from Pack Monadnock on October 8th. 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 the end of October. Although peak flights of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have mainly passed, there are still many more raptors to be counted.


This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909. 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. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon web site, www.nhaudubon.org


Thanks very much and good birding.