This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 8th, 2021.
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2 SHORT-EARED OWLS, possibly a pair, were first seen hunting over fields and marshes from Airport Road in Swanzey on February 21st. They have been seen several times since then and a third SHORT-EARED OWL joined them on March 6th. All 3 were last reported on March 7th. A NORTHERN HARRIER has been seen in the same area. Another SHORT-EARED OWL was seen in coastal Rye on March 6th, and 1 was seen in a field in Greenland on the 7th.
2 SNOWY OWLS were seen in coastal Hampton, and 1 was reported from a cornfield along Route 12A in Cornish, all on March 7th.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be seen in trees along fields on Old Concord Road in Henniker, and was last reported on March 7th.
A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Manchester on March 4th.
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was reported from Bow on March 3rd.
2 THICK-BILLED MURRES were seen off of the coast in Rye on March 7th.
An ICELAND GULL was seen in Manchester on March 4th.
3 BARROW’S GOLDENEYES and a LESSER SCAUP were seen at Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester during the past week.
A CANVASBACK and 4 REDHEADS were seen at the south end of Great Bay on March 6th and 7th.
A flock of over 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in New London on March 4th.
Recent PINE GROSBEAK sightings included 6 in Durham on March 5th, 8 in Exeter on the 2nd, and scattered reports of small numbers during the past week.
Recent WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS sightings included 11 in Newbury, and 4 in Swanzey, all on March 7th. Recent RED CROSSBILL sightings included 18 in Swanzey on March 7th, 6 in Rye on the 4th, 5 in New Castle on the 5th, and
14 in Keene on the 8th.
A HOARY REDPOLL was reported from Keene on March 3rd.
A BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen in Sandown on March 4th.
2 PINE WARBLERS were reported from Epsom on March 8th, 1 was seen in Auburn on the 5th, and 1 was seen in Portsmouth on the 3rd.
An EASTERN PHOEBE continues at NH Audubon’s Abe Emerson Marsh Wildlife Refuge in Candia and was last reported on March 8th. Another 1 was seen in Hollis, also on the 8th.
Several AMERICAN WOODCOCK were reported from Rockingham County, a WILSON’S SNIPE was seen in Portsmouth, and a KILLDEER was seen at Great Bay, all during the past week.
An AMERICAN KESTREL and a MERLIN were reported from Keene during the past week.
Over-wintering species reported during the past week included; BLACKED-BELLIED PLOVER, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, MERLIN, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, TURKEY VULTURE, NORTHERN FLICKER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, HERMIT THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, WINTER WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, BROWN THRASHER, EASTERN TOWHEE, CHIPPING SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and FISH CROW.
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