Rare Bird Alert for January 26, 2015

Posted on January 26, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 26th, 2015.

A dark morph GYRFALCON was spotted in coastal Hampton on January 20th, and it was seen hunting and feeding in Hampton Harbor on the 25th and 26th.

A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen at Ragged Neck in Rye, and was last reported on January 26th.

A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen at Hampton Beach State Park or in coastal Seabrook and was last reported on January 25th.

A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was discovered near the public boat launch at Adams Point in Durham on November 10th. It has been seen several times since then, and was last reported on January 21st.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the Cottonstone Farm in Orford on January 23rd.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on multiple days frequenting the Wendell Flat and Trask Brook Road area in Sunapee. It has been seen between the snowmobile trail and Route 103, close to the intersection of Depot Road. It was last reported on January 26th.

2 EURASIAN WIGEON and a REDHEAD were seen on Great Bay on January 25th.

A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen along the coast in Rye near Concord Point on January 25th.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen in Opehee Bay in Laconia on January 22nd.

A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, a GLAUCOUS GULL, an ICELAND GULL, and a GREAT CORMORANT were all seen on the Merrimack River in Manchester on January 25th.

A pair of GADWALL was seen at Great Island Common in New Castle on January 20th, and several NORTHERN PINTAILS were reported during the past week.

A RAZORBILL, a BLACK GUILLEMOT, and several PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen along the coast on January 25th.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen in Hampton Marsh near Tide Mill Road on January 25th, and was relocated south of Great Boar’s Head in Hampton on the 26th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in New Castle, and 2 were seen in Hampton Harbor, all on January 25th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen from the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor, and an ICELAND GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, all on January 25th.

A BLACK-LEGGED KITIWAKE was reported from Rye Harbor on January 19th.

2 PINE GROSBEAKS were seen on Chickwolnepy Road in Milan on January 21st.

A flock of 8 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Franconia on January 24th, and flock of 12 EVENING GROSBEAKS has been seen irregularly at a birdfeeder in Jefferson.

A flock of 89 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in Berlin in January 25th, a flock of 28 was seen in trees near the Snowflake Inn in Jackson on January 25th, and a mixed flock of at least 13 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and at least 12 CEDAR WAXWINGS was seen near the Black Bear Inn in Waterville Valley on the 23rd.

A flock of as many as 90 COMMON REDPOLLS has been seen regularly at a birdfeeder in Jefferson, and a flock of 20 has been seen regularly at a birdfeeder in Wolfboro, all during the past week. A flock of 50 was seen in Gilmanton on the 26th, a flock of 15 was seen in Franconia on the 24th, and a flock of 10 was seen in Hampton on the 25th.

A PEREGRINE FALCON and a MERLIN were seen in Hampton, a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Manchester, and another was seen in Stratham, all on the 25th.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Franconia, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Salem, and a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was seen in Sunapee, all on January 21st. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Hampton on the 25th.

A flock of 6 TURKEY VULTURES was seen in Exeter on January 25th.

2 GRAY JAYS were seen along the Mooseway Trail at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on January 24th.

5 BOREAL CHICKADEES were reported from Pinkham Notch in the White Mountains on January 20th.

A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and a LINCOLN’S SPARROW were seen in Greenland on January 25th, and several CHIPPING SPARROWS were seen in Exeter and Lee during the past week. A FOX SPARROW was seen in Epping on the 26th.

A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, and a PIED-BILLED GREBE were seen in Portsmouth on January 25th.

A GRAY CATBIRD was seen in Stratham, and a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in Exeter, both on January 25th.

Several NORTHERN FLICKERS and HERMIT THRUSHES were reported during the past week

There have been more PINE SISKIN sightings during the past week with small flocks reported from many locations, and including one flock of over 120.

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

Thanks very much and good birding.