Rare Bird Alert for Monday, April 27th, 2015

Posted on April 28, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, April 27th, 2015.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Henniker on April 21st.

A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 23rd.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen just west of the Alice Bemis Thompson Wildlife Sanctuary on Route 113 in Sandwich on April 13th.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on April 24th.

A LAUGHING GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment facility on April 22nd, and again along Swasey Parkway in Exeter on the 23rd.

A HYBRID HERON that appears to be a cross between a SNOWY EGRET and a TRICOLORED HERON was seen in the Little River Salt Marsh in North Hampton on April 24th.

4 GLOSSY IBIS, a LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on April 23rd.

5 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in coastal Seabrook and Hampton on April 26th.

A CACKLING GOOSE was seen in Orford on April 23rd.

A REDHEAD was seen on the south end of Great Bay on April 26th.

A pair of NORTHERN SHOVELERS continues to be seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord, and was last reported on April 27th, and 5 were reported from Bodwell Farm in East Kingston on April 24th. A pair was seen in Hanover on the 22nd and 23rd.

A NORTHERN PINTAIL, a GREEN HERON, and 6 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen at Great Meadows in Charlestown on April 25th.

A pair of GADWALL, and a SPOTTED SANDPIPER were seen at Mink Brook in Hanover on April 22nd.

19 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen at Pontook Reservoir in Dummer on April 23rd, and 2 were seen on the Connecticut River near Lebanon on the 24th.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Lake Sunapee on April 24th, and a GREATER YELLOWLEGS was reported from Sunapee on the 21st.

5 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen at the Pease International Tradeport from the Newington side on April 26th.

3 PIPING PLOVERS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 25th.

4 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in Errol on April 26th, and 10 were seen in Concord on the 22nd.

There were a few reports of small numbers of lingering COMMON REDPOLLS during the past week.

A PURPLE MARTIN was seen at the Fun Spot in Laconia on April 21st.

A CLIFF SWALLOW, 4 BANK SWALLOWS, 2 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS, 10 BARN SWALLOWS, 100 TREE SWALLOWS, and 13 CHIMNEY SWIFTS were seen at World End Pond in Salem on April 23rd.

A CHIMNEY SWIFT was reported from Concord on April 27th.

A BANK SWALLOW was seen in Concord on April 22nd, and several BANK SWALLOWS, a PIED-BILLED GREBE, and a GREEN HERON were seen in Merrimack on April 23rd.

An estimated 800 SWALLOWS consisting mainly of TREE SWALLOWS was seen at the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on April 21st.

A dozen FISH CROWS were reported from Durham on April 24th.

On April 21st and 22nd, a surge of migrating hawks was reported from several locations. BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were particularly well represented with 35 reported from Hancock in 1-hour on the 21st, and 50-60 tallied in Concord in 1-hour on the 22nd.

A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was seen at Pawtuckaway State Park in Nottingham on April 25th, and 1 was reported from Westmoreland on the 26th.

A MAGNOLIA WARBLER was reported from Lebanon on April 22nd.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER and a BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER were reported from Sunapee on April 22nd.

2 BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS were reported from Horseshoe Pond in Concord on April 26th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen along Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on April 26th.

There were scattered reports of small numbers of early returning migrants during the past week, including: LEAST SANDPIPER, WILLET, INDIGO BUNTING, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, MARSH WREN, PALM WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, SWAMP SPARROW, VIRGINIA RAIL, BROWN THRASHER, EASTERN TOWHEE, AMERICAN PIPIT, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

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.