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New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 18th, 2021

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 18th, 2021.

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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 January 16th.

Sage Thrasher, by Mark Suomala, Dec 2020.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be seen in trees along Jordan Road between #175 and #205 in Keene and was last reported on January 18th.

Another RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be seen in trees along fields on Old Concord Road in Henniker, and was last reported on the 15th. There was also 1 reported from near Dimond Hill Farm at 314 Hopkinton Road in Concord on January 13th.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen near Goodrum’s Crossing Road along Route 63 in Westmoreland, and 1 was seen at the Strafford County Farm Complex in Dover, both on January 17th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the Community Gardens on Birch Street in Concord on January 14th.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen in North Haverhill on January 15th. A flock of 60

SNOW BUNTING was seen in Warren on January 15th.

3 BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen at Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on January 18th, and 1 was seen below Sewall’s Falls on the Merrimack River in Concord on the 17th. Another BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen off of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 16th and 17th.

A NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen in Portsmouth on January 12th, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 17th. A RUDDY DUCK was seen in Exeter on January 13th.

A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen on Lake Winnipesaukee from Lake Shore Park in Gilford on January 15th.

3 DOVEKIES, and a probable THICK-BILLED MURRE were seen along the coast on January 16th, and12 RAZORBILLS were seen in coastal Rye on the 14th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in Rye Harbor, and 1 was seen in Hampton Harbor, both on January 16th. 2 ICELAND GULLS were seen at Odiorne Point State Park, and 1 was seen at Rye Harbor State Park, all on the 16th. 8 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES and 6 NORTHERN GANNETS were seen off of coastal Rye on the 16th.

A flock of 65 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Jefferson on January 13th, a flock of 15 was seen in Peterborough on the 18th, and a flock of 9 was seen in Jaffrey on the 15th.

PINE GROSBEAK sightings during the past week included 15 in Keene, 11 in New London, 8 in Concord, 9 in Rochester, 9 in Stratham, and 8 in Gilford. Smaller numbers were reported from scattered locations.

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL sightings during the past week included 35 in Nelson, 30 at Pack Monadnock, 17 in Swanzey, and 13 in Penacook. RED CROSSBILL sightings during the past week included 15 in Swanzey, 12 in Hinsdale, and 12 in Hancock. Smaller numbers of both CROSSBILL species were reported from scattered locations during the past week.

Single HOARY REDPOLLS were seen in Errol, Hollis, and Swanzey, and there continue to be scattered sightings of COMMON REDPOLLS from around the state, all during the past week.

54 TURKEY VULTURES were seen at a roosting site in Exeter on January 18th.

Late-migrating species reported during the past week included; SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, AMERICAN KESTREL, MERLIN. RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, NORTHERN FLICKER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, EASTERN TOWHEE, HERMIT THRUSH, OVENBIRD, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, CHIPPING SPARROW, GRAY CATBIRD, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, and FISH CROW.


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