This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 25th, 2020.
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A LONG-EARED OWL was seen along Baker Road in North Sutton on May 23rd, but has not been relocated.
A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen in Durham and 2 were seen in Newmarket, all during the past week. MISSISSIPPI KITES have been successfully nesting in these towns for a number of years.
2 BLACK VULTURES were reported from Wilton on May 25th.
A CATTLE EGRET was seen near Great Bay Farm in Newington on May 20th, but has not been relocated. A GREAT EGRET was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on the 25th.
A RAZORBILL was seen offshore, and a RED-THROATED LOON was seen on the coast, both on May 24th.
5 CASPIAN TERNS were seen flying north along the coast in Rye, and 2 LEAST TERNS were seen in Hampton Marsh, all on May 23rd.
5 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen migrating north along the coast, and a RED KNOT was seen in Hampton Harbor, all on May 24th.
A MARBLED GODWIT was seen in Hampton Marsh on May 22nd, a PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen in Exeter on the 24th, and a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was reported from the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on the 25th.
2 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, and 2 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were seen in Charlestown on May 23rd.
Over 200 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen in 2 separate flocks in Hampton on May 23rd.
3 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen at Pease International Tradeport on May 22nd.
A few PIPING PLOVERS are nesting on the coast.
A COMMON GALLINULE was seen at the Unsworth (Koenig) Preserve in Moultonborough on May 20th, 1 was seen along Old Harvard Road in Moultonborough on the 21st, and 1 was seen at the Brookford Farm in Canterbury on the 20th.
A SORA was reported from Bedell Bridge State Park in Haverhill on May 21st, 1 was reported from the Geremonty Road marsh in Salem on the 22nd, and 1 was reported from Old Mill Road in Lee on the 20th.
A LAWRENCE’S WARBLER was seen at Moody Park in Claremont on May 23rd, and there was an unconfirmed report of 2 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS in Brookline on May 20th.
A BLUE GROSBEAK was seen at a private residence in Peterborough on May 25th, and there was an unconfirmed report of one in Lyndborough on the 20th.
3 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from Woodmont Orchard in Hollis, 3 were reported from the Concord Airport, 1 was reported from the old Hinsdale Raceway grounds, and 1 was reported from McIntyre Road in Newington, all during the past week.
An AMERICAN PIPIT was reported from Pease International Tradeport in Newington on May 22nd.
4 RED CROSSBILLS were seen in Orford on May 21st, and 2 were reported from Hancock on the 22nd.
An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported from Brownfield Road in Eaton on May 22nd, and 1 was seen along East Weare Road in Weare on the 25th.
A flock of 8 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS was seen flying over Exeter on May 22nd.
WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard in New Boston and Ashland during the past week.
25 PURPLE MARTINS were seen from Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on May 23rd.
More migrant birds arrived during the past week. Species reported included: SWAINSON’S THRUSH, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, WILSON’S WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, MARSH WREN, EASTERN WOOD-PEEWEE, ALDER FLYCATCHER, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, SALTMARSH SPARROW, and LINCOLN’S SPARROW.
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