Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 20th, 2015

Posted on July 20, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 20th, 2015.

2 pairs of MISSISSIPPI KITES are nesting in Newmarket and there is currently at least 1 youngster. The KITES are most often seen flying near Gonet Road in Newmarket, but and 1 was reported from Piscasssic Street on July 14th, and again on the 16th.

3 juvenile PEREGRINE FALCONS were reported from Horseshoe Pond in Concord on July 16th.

2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen behind the cemetery on Plaines Road in Monroe on July 12th, and are probably still in the area.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at Jenness Beach in Rye on July 18th.

A pair of LEAST TERNS is nesting on the beach in Hampton Beach State Park, where they were seen with a chick on July 19th.

Birders on a Granite State Whale Watch cruise out of Rye Harbor on July 19th reported seeing: 6 CORY’S SHEARWATERS, 139 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS, WHIMBREL, 4 BLACK GUILLEMOTS, and a LAUGHING GULL.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen in the salt marsh located on the west side of Route 1A and just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, on July 19th and 20th.

5 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in Hampton on July 18th, and 1 was seen in New Castle on the 17th.

6 PIPING PLOVERS were reported from Hampton Beach State Park on July 18th. If you visit the beach, please keep an eye out for these small sand-colored birds.

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on July 16th. 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.

2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were seen at Cemetery Fields in Amherst on July 14th.

7 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from the Magalloway River Trail, part of the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge in Wentworth’s Location, on July 18th.

2 families of SPRUCE GROUSE totaling 14 birds, and 4 GRAY JAYS were seen on the Davis Path by hikers en route to Mount Isolation in the White Mountains on July 17th.

2 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were reported from Jefferson on July 16th.

21 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES and 4 BOREAL CHICKADEES were reported from the Carter-Moriah trail in the White Mountains on July 18th.

7 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES and a BOREAL CHICKADEE were reported from Cannon Mountain in the White Mountains on July 19th.

2 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen on Mount Washington (where they nest) on July 17th.

A pair of EVENING GROSBEAKS was reported from Lyman on July 13th.

A colony of 13 pairs of PURPLE MARTINS are nesting along Cross Beach Road in Seabrook and up to 40 individuals were observed on July 10th. At least 4 PURPLE MARTINS were reported from Fun Spot in Laconia on July 18th.

A flock of 6 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS was seen in Springfield on July 18th.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen in Madison on July 17th.

There was an unconfirmed report of a GOLDEN EAGLE in Bartlett on July 13th.

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.