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New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 22, 2021

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 22nd, 2021.

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3 SANDHILL CRANES were seen in Stratham on March 16th and 17th.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen hunting over fields and marshes near Airport Road in Swanzey on March 20th.

A BLACK VULTURE was reported from Walpole on March 17th.

Pair of Sandhill Cranes, photo by Walter Keane (2019).

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be seen in trees along Jordan Road in Keene, and was last reported on March 20th, and 1 continues to be seen along Old Concord Road in Henniker, and was last reported on the 20th. Another one was seen at Bear Brook State Park on the 21st.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Newington on March 15th, 1 was seen in Sandwich on the 17th, 1 was reported from the Concord Community Gardens on Birch Street on the 17th, and 1 was seen along Ossipee Mountain Road in Moultonborough on the 18th.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, a SNOW GOOSE, 3 LESSER SCAUP, and a BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen near the Charlestown Wastewater Treatment Plant on March 21st. Another GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was reported from Walpole earlier in the week.

2 CACKLING GEESE were reported from Walpole on March 19th.

3 BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen on the Androscoggin River in Errol on March 19th, 2 were seen near Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on the 22nd, 2 were seen at Sewall’s Falls on the Merrimack River in Concord on the 20th, and 1 was seen on the Merrimack River in Bedford on the 19th.

A EURASIAN WIGEON, a CANVASBACK, and 2 REDHEADS were seen in the southeast part of Great Bay on March 21st.

Over 500 RING-NECKED DUCKS were counted on Powwow Pond in Kingston on March 17th.

A BUFFLEHEAD and 25 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were seen in Errol on March 16th.

A flock of 23 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in Sunapee on March 17th.

2 BOREAL CHICKADEES were reported from Hancock on March 20th.

5 PINE GROSBEAKS and 38 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a private residence in Jefferson on March 19th.

Recent WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS sightings included 12 in Laconia on March 22nd, 5 in Keene on the 21st, and 5 at Mount Monadnock on the 17th. Recent RED CROSSBILL sightings included 12 in Swanzey on March 17th, and 21 in Rye on the 20th. Small numbers of both CROSSBILL species continue to be reported from scattered locations.

A flock of 75 COMMON REDPOLLS was seen in Warren on March 17th.

An AMERICAN PIPIT was seen in Rochester on March 17th.

Single PINE WARBLERS were reported from New Boston, Greenland, Salem, and Waterville Valley during the past week.

A GREAT BLUE HERON was seen at Center Harbor on March 17th.

4 TREE SWALLOWS were seen in Newmarket and 3 were seen in Auburn, all on March 21st.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen at Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on March 21st.


New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert is sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank.
This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and press 4 as directed or ask to be transferred. If you have seen any interesting birds recently, you can leave a message at the end of the recording or send your sightings to the RBA via email. Please put either “bird sighting” or “Rare Bird Alert” in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and phone number.
Thanks very much and good birding.

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