This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 8, 2021.
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A VARIED THRUSH was seen at a private residence in Rochester on February 6th.
A SAGE THRASHER continues to be seen along the trail at the north end of the Hinsdale Setbacks along the Connecticut River, and was last reported on February 6th.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be seen in trees along fields on Old Concord Road in Henniker, and was last reported on February 3rd.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen in Concord on February 2nd.
2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen in fields across from Horse Meadow Road in North Haverhill on February 4th, and 1 was seen at Mace Hill Road in North Haverhill on the 6th. There has been a flock of 35 HORNED LARKS in the same area.
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen near #158 on Route 63 in Westmoreland on February 3rd.
3 BLACK VULTURES were seen in Westmoreland on February 8th, and 55 TURKEY VULTURES were seen roosting in Exeter on the 6th.
A BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER has been seen visiting a feeder on West Road in Rye and was last reported on February 6th. A PINE WARBLER was seen in Rochester on February 3rd, and 1 was reported from Auburn on the 6th.
2 GLAUCOUS GULLS were seen at Hampton Harbor on February 6th.
A DOVEKIE and a THICK-BILLED MURRE were seen on the coast on February 4th, and a RAZORBILL was reported from New Castle on the 8th.
A BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on the Salmon Falls River in Dover on February 5th and 6th, 1 was seen on the Piscataqua River in New Castle on the 6th, 1 was seen at Sewall’s Falls on the Merrimack River in Concord on the 4th, and 2 were seen at Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on the 5th.
2 GADWALL were seen at Jackson’s Landing in Durham on February 7th, a LESSER SCAUP was seen at Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on the 5th.
2 WOOD DUCKS were seen on Little Squam Lake on February 6th, and an AMERICAN WIGEON was seen in Nashua on the 7th and 8th.
A flock of 15 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in Hanover Center on February 6th, a flock of 19 was seen on Stevens Road in Lebanon on the 7th, and a flock of 12 were reported from Meredith on the 8th.
PINE GROSBEAK sightings during the past week included a flock of 17 in Concord on February 8th, a flock of 15 in Rochester on the 4th, and scattered reports of small flocks, typically 3-5 birds.
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL sightings during the past week included 110 on Pack Monadnock, 20 in Peterborough, 10 in Hancock, and 16 in West Hopkinton. RED CROSSBILL sightings during the past week included 18 in Hancock, 12 in Springfield, and 10 in Hollis. Smaller numbers of both CROSSBILL species were reported from scattered locations during the past week.
3 HOARY REDPOLLS were seen at Pinnacle Lane in Walpole on February 4th, 1 was reported from Keene on the 7th, and there continue to be scattered sightings of COMMON REDPOLLS from around the state.
A flock of 8 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen in Meredith on February 8th.
Late-migrating species reported during the past week included; SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, MERLIN. RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, NORTHERN FLICKER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, HERMIT THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, WINTER WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, FIELD SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, COMMON GRACKLE, and FISH CROW.
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