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New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 31st, 2021

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 31st, 2021.

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

A LEAST BITTERN was again reported from Great Meadow in Beaver Brook in Hollis on May 28, and 1 was reported from the Hinsdale Setbacks on the Connecticut River on May 30, 2021. (Photo: Least Bittern by Kyle Wilmarth, 2017.)

2 SANDHILL CRANES continue to be seen in Monroe and were last reported on May 30th.

A pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS is nesting in Bear Brook State Park and was last reported on May 27th.

An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continued to be reported from Gile Road Marsh in Lee during the past week, and was last reported on May 28th.

2 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen again at the Isles of Shoals on May 27th, a COMMON MURRE and a RAZORBILL were seen there on the 28th, and 2 ARCTIC TERNS were seen there on the 30th.

An adult LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen at Deer Hill Wildlife Management Area in Brentwood on May 26th, and a GREEN HERON was seen at Airport Marsh in Whitefield on May 28th.

A LEAST BITTERN was again reported from Great Meadow in Beaver Brook in Hollis on May 28th, and 1 was reported from the Hinsdale Setbacks on the Connecticut River on May 30th.

2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen near Airport Road in Swanzey on May 27th.

A COMMON GALLINULE was seen on the coast just south of Odiorne Point State Park on May 30th, and 1 continues to be seen at Cranberry Ponds in West Lebanon and was last reported on the 29th.

A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen at the Hinsdale Setbacks on the Connecticut River on May 26th, and a COMMON TERN was seen here on the 30th.

A BLACK TERN was seen from Fort Stark in New Castle on May 29th, and 1 was seen near Seal Rocks in Rye on the 30th.

2 CASPIAN TERNS were seen off of Pulpit Rocks in Rye on May 29th.

A RUDDY DUCK continues at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant and was last reported on May 31st, Foot traffic only – leave vehicle in parking lot and walk in.

A flock of 10 RED CROSSBILLS was reported from Newmarket on May 27th, 1 was seen in Brentwood on the 28th, and 1 was seen in Marlborough on the 25th. A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was reported from Dublin on the 31st.

2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on May 28th, and 2 were reported from the Concord Airport on the 27th.

An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Bedell Bridge State Park in Haverhill on May 27th.

2 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were seen in Brookline on May 28th.

An AMERICAN PIPIT was seen in Orford on May 30th.

2 BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were reported from the Caps Ridge Trail off of Jefferson Notch Road in the White Mountains on May 26th, and 1 was reported from Dixville Notch on the 29th.

Several birders reported the expected resident boreal species from northern sites during the past week, including: SPRUCE GROUSE. BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, CANADA JAY, and BOREAL CHICKADEE.

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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