Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 16th, 2015

Posted on March 16, 2015

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 16th, 2015.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL continues to be seen in Hampton near the wastewater treatment plant and was last reported on March 15th, and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was reported from Hilton Park in Dover on March 14th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen at the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor and was last reported on March 15th.

9 ICELAND GULLS were reported from the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on March 9th. 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.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at Rockingham Park in Salem on March 9th, and a different individual was seen there on the 10th. An ICELAND GULL was seen at Silver Lake in Tilton on March 11th and again on the 16th, 1 was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility on the 11th, and 1 was seen on the Merrimack River near the Granite Street Bridge in Manchester on the 14th.

At least 5 BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were reported from the Merrimack River in Manchester in the vicinity of the Granite Street Bridge on March 16th.

A first-winter male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on the Squam River in Ashland on March 15th.

A LONG-TAILED DUCK was reported from the Merrimack River in Manchester from above the Amoskeag Fishways dam on March 13th and again on the 16th. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen on the Connecticut River in West Lebanon on March 12th and 13th, and there were reports of a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER on Opechee Bay in Laconia on the 11th, 13th, 14th, and 16th.

3 NORTHERN PINTAILS, and a LESSER SCAUP were seen at the Exeter Reservoir on March 15th, and 68 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen on the Powwow River in Kingston on the 16th.

BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included flocks of 30 in Peterborough in the 12th, 250 in New London on the 13th, 30 in Northwood on the 13th, 100 in Canaan on the 15th, 200 in Henniker on the 15th, 500 in Somersworth on the 15th, 45 in Hollis on the 16th, and 40 in Meredith on the 16th. These flocks were seen mainly foraging on ornamental fruit tress, or resting nearby. As spring approaches, they may not be around much longer!

A HOARY REDPOLL was seen with a flock of 40 COMMON REDPOLLS on Diamond Ledge Road in Sandwich on March 14th. A flock of 18 COMMON REDPOLLS was seen in Greenland on the 15th, and 3 were seen in Portsmouth on the 14th.

A flock of 90 COMMON REDPOLLS and a flock of 11 EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported from birdfeeders in Jefferson on March 16th.

A flock of 210 PINE SISKINS was counted in Exeter on March 15th.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR, and 70 HORNED LARKS were reported from the Agway parking lot in Walpole on March 13th.

3 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on March 15th.

4 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen in Greenland on March 15th.

A flock of 30 PURPLE SANDPIPERS was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on March 10th.

FISH CROW sightings during the past week included 1 in Concord on March 10th, 6 in Durham on the 13th, 1 in East Kingston on the 13th, and 1 at Silver Lake in Belmont on the 16th.

A BOREAL CHICKADEE was seen at Loon Mountain in Lincoln on March 13th.

An optimistic TREE SWALLOW was seen at Silver Lake in Belmont on March 16th.

There were scattered reports of small numbers of early returning migrants during the past week, including: RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and COMMON GRACKLES, KILLDEER, GREAT BLUE HERONS, TURKEY VULTURES, and WOOD DUCKS.

A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was discovered near the public boat launch at Adams Point in Durham on November 10th. It has been seen numerous times since then, but has not been reported since March 8th, although it may still be present.

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.