This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, April 5th, 2021.
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A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was photographed in Antrim on March 31st.
A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen flying at Mud Pond in the Peterson State Wildlife Management Area in Dublin on March 29th.
A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 2nd.
A SANDHILL CRANE was reported from Hoit Marsh in Concord on March 30th, 4 were seen flying over Concord on the 31st, and 2 were seen in Monroe on April 3rd.
Single BLACK VULTURES were reported from Swanzey, Stoddard, Exeter, and Durham during the past week.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be seen in trees along Jordan Road in Keene, and was last reported on March 30th, and 1 continues to be seen along Old Concord Road in Henniker, and was last reported on April 2nd. A pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS was seen at Bear Brook State Park on April 4th.
A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on the Androscoggin River in Berlin, and a BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen on the Connecticut River in the Upper Valley, both on April 1st and 2nd.
2 COMMON MURRES were seen from a boat offshore on March 30th.
A BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on the Androscoggin River in Errol on April 1st, and 1 was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on March 29th.
2 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were seen in Groveton on April 3rd, and 5 were seen in Exeter on March 31st.
5 PIPING PLOVERS were reported at the coast on April 2nd.
2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen in Rye on March 31st, and 1 was seen in Hampton on April 3rd.
Several flocks of WILSON’S SNIPES were seen in Rockingham county during the past week.
An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen in Stoddard on March 30th, and at least 4 GREAT EGRETS were seen along the coast during the past week.
A few DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were seen in the Connecticut River and Merrimack River valleys during the past week.
A RED-THROATED LOON was seen in Great Bay from Adams Point in Durham on April 4th.
Several PIED-BILLED GREBES were seen during the past week.
8 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in South Sutton on March 31st.
Recent WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS sightings included 12 in Swanzey, and 8 in Laconia, all during the past week. Recent RED CROSSBILL sightings included
20 in Swanzey, 15 in Concord, 11 in Rye, and 10 in Keene, all during the past week.
A HOARY REDPOLL was reported from Glen on March 30th and 31st.
2 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 3rd.
A flock of 8 AMERICAN PIPITS was seen in Durham on March 30th.
A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was reported from Epping on April 3rd, 1 was reported from Deerfield on the 3rd, and 1 was reported from Londonderry on the 4th.
About 20 PALM WARBLERS and a few YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS and PINE WARBLERS were seen, mainly in southern New Hampshire, during the past week.
An OVENBIRD that overwintered in Portsmouth was still present on April 1st. When asked why he stayed all winter he said, “I really don’t like the commute”.
6 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on April 1st, and single birds were reported from Swanzey, Durham, and Epping on the 4th.
A CLIFF SWALLOW was seen in Rye on April 2nd, and a BARN SWALLOW was seen in Swanzey on March 31st.
Many TREE SWALLOWS have been reported during the past week.
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS were reported from Lyme, New London, and Newfields during the past week.
A HOUSE WREN was reported from Errol on March 31st.
A GRAY CATBIRD was seen in Concord and 1 was seen in Pittsfield both at the end of March, and a BROWN THRASHER was seen in Rye on April 2nd.
2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were reported from the Keene area on April 4th.
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