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New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, November 2nd, 2020

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, November 2nd, 2020.
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A TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was reported from Nottingham on October 28th, 2020. (Townsends’s solitaire photo by Jesse Amesbury.)

A TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was reported from Nottingham on October 28th.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported from Mount Monadnock on October 31st, and 1 was seen in Hampton on November 1st.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Elm Brook Park in West Hopkinton on October 28th.
2 GOLDEN EAGLES were seen migrating by Pack Monadnock on October 27th.
A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen in Surry on October 29th.
A CATTLE EGRET was seen at Moore Fields in Durham on November 2nd..
2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen in fields adjacent West Portsmouth Street in Concord on November 2nd.
A DICKCISSEL was seen in Rochester, 1 was seen in Swanzey, and 1 was seen in Hampton, all during the past week.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen in Greenland, and 1 was seen at Goss Farm in Rye, both on November 1st.
A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at Bicentennial Park in Hampton on October 31st, and 1 was seen at the Concord Community Gardens on Birch Street in Concord on October 29th.
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on October 28th, and 1 was seen at Moore Fields in Durham on the 30th. 72 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on October 31st, 30 were seen at Rye Harbor State Park on November 2nd, 30 were seen in Alton on November 2nd, and 12 were seen in Canaan on November 2nd.
2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, and
1 was seen at Pickering Pond in Rochester, all on October 31st.
20 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in Holderness, a flock of 40 was seen in Wolfeboro, and 8 were seen in Center Sandwich, all on October 30th.
10 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Sandwich on October 28th, 12 were seen in Exeter on the 29th, 6 were seen in Keene on the 30th, 4 were seen in Deerfield on November 2nd, and 2 were seen in Wolfeboro on the 30th.
A PINE GROSBEAK was seen at Pack Monadnock on October 27th, and 1 was reported from Pittsfield on November 1st.
Numerous COMMON REDPOLLS, PINE SISKINS, AMERICAN PIPITS, and HORNED LARKS were reported from scattered locations during the past week.
15 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from Pack Monadnock on October 30th. Many RED CROSSBILLS continue to be reported from appropriate habitat.
A BOREAL CHICKADEE was reported from Pack Monadnock on October 29th.
A COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen along the coast in Rye on October 31st.
A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL continues to be seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, A BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen in Warren on October 30th.
2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS continued to be seen in Hampton Harbor and were last reported on October 29th. A DUNLIN was seen at the Sugar River in Newport, and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen at Turtle in Concord, both on November 1st. PURPLE SANDPIPERS have been reported from the coast during the past week.
9 AMERICAN WIGEONS were seen at Turtle Pond in Concord on October 28th.
2 GREATER SCAUP, 5 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and 1 SURF SCOTER were seen at Webster Lake in Franklin on October 28th.
On October 30th, a weather event brought down many migrating waterfowl on to water-bodies. Highlights:
6 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 2 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, and a WHITE-WIINGED SCOTER were seen on Lake Sunapee.
18 BLACK SCOTERS were seen at Pleasant Lake in New London.
19 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen at Turtle Pond in Concord.
90 BLACK SCOTERS were seen on Streeter Pond in Sugar Hill.
90 BLACK SCOTERS, 34 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and 6 GREATER SCAUP were seen at the Comerford Reservoir in Monroe.
110 BLACK SCOTERS, 25 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and a BONAPARTE’S GULL were seen at Lakes Katherine and Tarleton in Piermont.
31 LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen at the Upper and Lower Baker Ponds in Orford and Wentworth.
90 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and 84 BUFFLEHEADS were seen on Newfound Lake.
30 BLACK SCOTERS were seen at the Connecticut River in Hanover, 40 were seen at Post Pond in Lyme, and 1 was seen on the Androscoggin Riveer in Berlin.
172 BLACK SCOTERS, a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and 2 HORNED GREBES were seen on Cherry Pond in Jefferson.
57 BLACK SCOTERS, 8 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 2 SURF SCOTERS, 9 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and 7 SCAUPS were seen on Little Squam Lake.
4 GADWALLS, 9 AMERICAN WIGEONS, 74 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 16 COMMON EIDERS, 9 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 9 BLACK SCOTERS, 4 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and a RED-NECKED GREBE were seen at Spofford Lake in Chesterfield.
3 RUDDY DUCKS were seen at Martin Meadow Pond in Lancaster.
2 COMMON EIDER, a RED-THROATED LOON, 2 HORNED GREBES, and several LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen in the Connecticut River in the Hanover and Lebanon areas.
Late-migrating birds reported during the past week included an OVENBIRD, a few TENNESSEE WARBLERS, a few BLACKPOLL WARBLERS, a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, a GRAY CATBIRD, a few BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, a few SWAINSON’S THRUSHES, and several WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS.
Southbound raptor migration for the fall-season is taking place and observers have already counted thousands from various locations throughout the state. Raptor totals to-date for Pack Monadnock are over 10,000! If you want to join the hawk-watchers on Pack Monadnock, check with Miller State Park for visitation requirements.


New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert is sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank.
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Thanks very much and good birding.
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