This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 27th, 2020.
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2 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen at the Isles of Shoals on July 25th.
A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on July 22nd, but has not been relocated.
2 STILT SANDPIPERS were seen at Hampton Marsh on July 21st, and single STILT SANDPIPERS were seen on the coast on the 22nd and 23rd.
A SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was seen in Orford on July 23rd, and a LEAST SANDPIPER was seen in Lyme on the 26th.
A few pairs of PIPING PLOVERS and LEAST TERNS are nesting at Hampton Beach State Park. Please tread carefully and respect these nesting and foraging birds. Young PIPING PLOVERS leave the nest right after hatching, are tiny and difficult to see, and can be easily injured or killed by an errant footstep, beach ball, or Frisbee.
Up to 4 LEAST BITTERNS continue to be seen at the Cranberry Ponds located behind the Price Chopper and the Walmart garden center in West Lebanon, and they were last reported on July 25th. A SORA continues to be heard here as well.
An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on July 16th and was last reported on the 24th. Another immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was reported from Lake Wentworth in Wolfeboro on the 23rd.
A SUMMER TANAGER was seen at a private residence in Hooksett on July 20th.
An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues to be seen and heard at the marsh on Gile Road near the junction with Route 152 in Lee and was last reported on July 26th.
2 BLACK VULTURES were seen soaring over Woodward Road in Westmoreland on July 26th.
MISSISSIPPI KITES continued to be reported from Durham, Newmarket, Stratham, and Greenland, all during the past week. They have been successfully nesting in several of these towns for a number of years. There was an unconfirmed report of a SWALLOW-TAILED KITE seen by an experienced observer from Deer Meadow Road in Webster on July 24th.
A family of 4 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continues to be seen at Bear Brook State Park and was last reported on July 16th.
RED CROSSBILLS continue to be reported from appropriate habitat with high counts of 14 at the Lancy Brook wetlands in Brookline on July 26th, 10 at Gile Road marsh in Lee on the 24th, and 10 at Mount Monadnock on the 25th.
17 PURPLE MARTINS were reported from along the coast on July 24th.
Several YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were again reported during the past week – a good year for them.
A flock of about 30 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS was seen roosting at Lake Winnipesaukee on July 23rd.
A birder on a whale-watch reported seeing a SANDERLING landing on the back of a resting whale.
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Thanks very much and good birding.
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