This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, June 8th, 2020.
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An immature male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was photographed at a birdfeeder on Clough Hill Road in Loudon on June 4th, and was seen there again on June 5th and 6th, but has not been reported since then.
A KENTUCKY WARBLER was photographed at Bear Mountain in Bartlett on June 2nd.
A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen flying over Base Station Road in Crawford Notch in the White Mountains on June 2nd.
3 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen along Madbury Road in Durham, 2 were seen along Folsom Drive in Newmarket, 1 was seen in Stratham, and 1 was seen in Greenland, all during the past week. MISSISSIPPI KITES have been successfully nesting in several of these towns for a number of years.
A SANDHILL CRANE was photographed in fields near Fernald Farm Dairy in Nottingham on June 6th.
A LEAST BITTERN was seen at World End Pond in Salem on June 6th, and 3 were seen at the Cranberry Ponds located behind the Price Chopper in West Lebanon on June 8th.
2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen again at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown on June 4th.
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.
6 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen at Pease International Tradeport on June 7th.
A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen off of North Hampton Beach on June 7th.
9 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on June 6th, 3 were reported from the Cemetery Fields in Amherst on the 4th, 1 was reported from the Pease International Tradeport on the 7th, 1 was reported from the Dillant-Hopkins Airport on the 6th, and 1 was reported from the Concord Airport on the 3rd.
A NELSON’S SPARROW was seen at Lubberland Creek along Bay Road in Newmarket on June 4th.
A few RED CROSSBILLS, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, and PINE SISKINS continued to be reported from Pittsburg during the past week.
2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Dunbarton on June 7th, and 1 was reported from Durham on the 3rd.
A BICKNELL’S THRUSH was reported from Dixville on June 2nd.
Several OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were reported during the past week, including 1 in Newbury, 1 in Newington, and 1 in Newmarket.
An ORCHARD ORIOLE continues to be seen at Bedell Bridge State Park in Haverhill, and was last reported on June 7th.
3 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS were heard at Couch Pond in Webster on June 3rd.
A birder on an offshore fishing boat trip reported; 18 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS, 23 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, and 2 GREAT SHEARWATERS on June 5th.
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Thanks very much and good birding.
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