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New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 26th, 2020

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 26th, 2020.
During the Corona virus outbreak NH Audubon encourages you to enjoy birding safely; please follow travel and social distance recommendations from state and federal authorities.

Chestnut-collared Longspur in winter plumage, seen in Hollis, NH. Photograph by Rebecca Suomala on 10-24-20.

A CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on October 23rd and 24th.
A BLACK-HEADED GROSEAK was discovered at a private residence in Deerfield on October 14th, and was last reported from there on the 20th.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis, and 1 was seen on the coast, both on October 24th.
A DICKCISSEL continues to be seen at Goss Farm in Rye and was last reported on October 24th, and 1 was seen in Rochester on the 25th.
A DICKCISSEL and a DUNLIN were seen at the Lancaster Wastewater Treatment Plant on October 24th, and 2 GADWALL and an AMERICAN WIGEON were seen there on the 22nd.
A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen in Penacook on October 25th.
2 SANDHILL CRANES continue to be seen in a cornfield along Ledge Farm Road in Nottingham and were last reported on October 23rd, and 8 were seen flying over Rochester on the 24th. Up to 3 were reported from Weare during the past week.
A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on October 25th.
A COMMON GALLINULE was seen in Eel Pond in Rye on October 25th, and an AMERICAN COOT was seen at Mill Pond in Durham on the 21st.
A CACKLING GOOSE was reported from Orford on October 24th.
A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Long Pond in Concord on October 23rd, and 7 BLACK SCOTERS, and 6 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen at Cherry Pond in Jefferson on October 22nd, and a BLACK SCOTER and 6 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen at Thorne Pond in Bartlett on the 25th.
In the Upper Valley, 40 BLACK SCOTERS, a SURF SCOTER, and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were seen on Mascoma Lake, a RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on Chrystal Lake, and 3 LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen on Goose Pond, all on October 26th.
6 SURF SCOTERS were seen on the Androscoggin River in Shelburne on October 26th.
A LEACH’S STORM-PETREL was seen off the coast of North Hampton on October 26th.
A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL continues to be seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, and 2 LAUGHING GULLS were seen at Eel Pond in Rye on October 21st.
5 RAZORBILLS were reported from coastal Rye on October 25th.
2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS were seen in Hampton Harbor on October 21st, and a STILT SANDPIPER was seen there on the 20th.
2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS were reported from Kingston on October 24th, 5 were seen in Dixville on the 21st, and 7 were seen along the coast on the 22nd.
A GREAT CORMORANT was seen at the Baker Floodwater Reservoir in Warren on October 8th, and again on the 15th and 21st.
A GREAT EGRET was seen in Gilford on October 24th, and 1 was seen in Hampton on the 25th.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen in Center Harbor on October 21st, and 1 was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 25th.
A PINE GROSBEAK was seen in Errol on October 24th, and a BOHEMIAN WAXWING was seen in Rindge on the 20th. Several COMMON REDPOLLS, EVENING GROSBEAKS and SNOW BUNTINGS were reported from scattered locations during the past week. Large numbers of PINE SISKINS and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES continue to be seen.
A BOREAL CHICKADEE was reported from Pack Monadnock, 1 was reported from North Pack Monadnock, 1 was reported from Hancock, and 1 was reported from Penacook, all during the past week.
A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 22nd.
Late-migrating birds reported during the past week included an OVENBIRD, a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, a few TENNESSEE WARBLERS, a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, a YELLOW WARBLER, a MOURNING WARBLER, 2 BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS, 2 BLUE- HEADED VIREOS, a BARN SWALLOW, a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, a few BOBOLINKS, an ORCHARD ORIOLE, 2 VESPER SPARROWS, and an EASTERN TOWHEE.
Several FOX SPARROWS and AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were reported during the past week.
A WHOOPER SWAN of domestic origin continues to be seen at Eel Pond in Rye.
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.
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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