This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, November 23rd, 2020.
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A SNOWY OWL was seen in Westmoreland on November 14th and 15th.
A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen along the coast in Rye on November 22nd.
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen in Kingston on November 22nd, and 1 was seen in Lee on the 19th.
3 SANDHILL CRANES were seen migrating south over Hancock on November 22nd.
A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 21st.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in Warren on November 21st.
Birders on a boat cruise off of the coast reported an ATLANTIC PUFFIN, at least 4 POMARINE JAEGERS, and over 130 GREAT SHEARWATERS. A RAZORBILL was seen along the coast on November 22nd.
A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in Hampton Harbor on November 22nd, and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL continues to be seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye,
An AMERICAN COOT has been seen at Eel Pond in Rye during the past week and was last reported on November 22nd.
There was an unconfirmed report of 2 HARLEQUIN DUCKS from coastal Rye on November 20th.
A flock of 8 BLACK SCOTERS was seen on Contoocook Lake in Rindge, and 1 was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale, all on November 21st.
2 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were seen in Crystal Lake in Enfield on November 18th.
2 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen in Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on November 23rd.
A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on November 21st.
A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was reported from the Kingman Farm at UNH in Durham on November 19th.
An estimated 200 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen with 3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS at Hampton Beach State Park on November 22nd.
PINE GROSBEAK sightings during the past week included 12 in Gorham, 9 in Holderness, 9 in Keene, 6 in Lee, 5 in Peterborough, 4 in West Lebanon, 4 in Plaistow, 2 in Penacook, and 1 in Strafford.
EVENING GROSBEAK sightings during the past week included 3 in Dummer, 3 in Keene, 3 in Rochester, 2 in Lee, 1 in Durham, 1 in Goffstown, and 1 in Gorham.
100 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from Pack Monadnock and 60 were reported from Mount Monadnock all during the past week. Also, 75 were reported from the Harris Center in Hancock and 64 were reported from Wilton, all on the 20th.
Many RED CROSSBILLS continue to be reported from appropriate habitat throughout the state, including 20 in Newbury on November 20th, 18 in Swanzey on the 17th, and 17 in Amherst on the 19th.
Flocks of COMMON REDPOLLS, PINE SISKINS, SNOW BUNTINGS, and HORNED LARKS were reported from scattered locations during the past week.
A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in Nottingham on November 22nd.
Late-migrating birds reported during the past week included 3 WOOD DUCKS, 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 2 TURKEY VULTURES, 2 OSPREYS, 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 8 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, a HERMIT THRUSH, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, 2 BROWN THRASHERS, a RUSTY BLACKBIRD, 2 CHIPPING SPARROWS, 2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, 2 EASTERN TOWHEES, 3 TENNESSEE WARBLERS, a CAPE MAY WARBLER, a PINE WARBLER, 2 PALM WARBLERS, 3 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, and a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT.
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