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New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 24th, 2021

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 24th, 2021.

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2 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen in Durham and 2 were seen in Newmarket, all during the past week.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at Sherman’s Farm in Conway on May 18th, and a family of 3 SANDHILL CRANES was seen in Monroe on the 22nd.

2 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen in Durham and 2 were seen in Newmarket, all during the past week (May 24, 2021). Photo: Mississippi Kite, by Steve Mirick, taken June 21, 2020.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen along the Spicket River at Hawkin’s Farm in Salem on May 18th, and a pair is nesting in Bear Brook State Park and was last reported on the 22nd.

An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continued to be reported from Gile Road Marsh in Lee during the past week, and was last reported on May 22nd.

A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was seen in wetlands along Airport Road in Swanzey on May 24th.

2 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen at the Isles of Shoals on May 20th.

An adult LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen at Peverly Meadow in Canterbury on May 24th, and a GREEN HERON was seen at Airport Marsh in Whitefield on May 17th.

A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the Peanut Trail in Newton on May 19th.

A COMMON GALLINULE was reported from Cranberry Ponds in West Lebanon on May 24th.

A LEAST BITTERN was reported from Great Meadow in Beaver Brook in Hollis on May 22nd, and 1 was heard at World End Pond in Salem on the 18th.

2 SORAS were heard at the Cranberry Ponds in West Lebanon on May 18th, and

1 was reported from Geremonty Marsh in Salem on the 23rd.

10 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and 15 LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen at Copps Pond Wildlife Management Area in Tuftonboro on May 22nd.

A RUDDY DUCK was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on May 23rd. Foot traffic only – leave vehicle in parking lot and walk in.

An ARCTIC TERN was seen along the coast on May 21st.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues at Hampton Harbor and was last reported on May 19th.

A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was reported from Pickering Ponds in Rochester on May 21st.

A LAWRENCE’S WARBLER was seen again at Moody Park in Claremont on May 17th.


A CERULEAN WARBLER was reported from Palmer-Bartell Preserve in Brookline on May 22nd.

2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on May 21st, 4 were reported from the Concord Airport on the 21st, 2 were reported from Pease International Tradeport on the 23rd, and 2 were reported from the Hinsdale Raceway on the 20th.

A PURPLE MARTIN was seen in Meredith on May 22nd.

Many COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen migrating north during the past week, and at least 1 was “booming” on territory in Concord.

There was a report of 22 RED CROSSBILLS at Pine Hill Cemetery in Manchester on May 16th.

7 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen in Orford on May 21st.

There was an unconfirmed report of a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Mount Monadnock on May 19th.

New arrivals reported during the past week included: MOURNING WARBLER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO.

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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