A LECONTE’S SPARROW was photographed at Goss Farm in Rye on October 31st, and a LARK SPARROW was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 28th.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at Hampton Marsh from Depot Road in Hampton Falls on October 27th, 1 was seen in Exeter on the 25th, and there was an unconfirmed report of 1 from a private residence in Concord on the 28th.
A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at the Rail Trail Village in Littleton on October 27th.
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at Ragged Neck in Rye on October 30th.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Bicentennial Park in Hampton on October 30th.
A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 27th and continued there until the 29th. There was a second bird seen on the 28th, and a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was reported from there on the 29th.
A flock of 18 SANDHILL CRANES was seen flying over Chatham on October 29th.
A GOLDEN EAGLE, a BOHEMIAN WAXWING, and a BOREAL CHICKADEE were seen at Pack Monadnock on October 28th, and a RED-THROATED LOON was seen flying over Pack Monadnock on the 29th.
3 CATTLE EGRETS were seen in Stratham on October 25th.
7 GREAT EGRETS were seen along the coast on October 27th, and a SNOWY EGRET was seen there on the 24th.
A COMMON GALLINULE was seen at Eel Pond in Rye on October 27th and was seen there again on the 29th.
An ATLANTIC PUFFIN, 7 RAZORBILLS, and a CORY’S SHEARWATER were seen by birders on a fishing boat in offshore waters on October 29th.
A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen in Hampton Harbor on October 27th and continued there through the 31st.
A BLUE-WINGED TEAL was seen from the West Massabesic Rockingham Trail in Manchester on October 27th.
2 female NORTHERN PINTAILS were photographed among a flock of BLACK SCOTERS at Surry Mountain Lake on October 28th.
A female AMERICAN WIGEON, an AMERICAN COOT, a MUTE SWAN, and an OSPREY were seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord during the past week.
There have been several inland reports of BLACK SCOTERS, WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and HORNED GREBES during the past week, and a flock of BRANT was heard flying overhead in Strafford on October 28th.
A STILT SANDPIPER was seen in Hampton Marsh on October 25th, and 12 LESSER YELLOWLEGS were seen there on the 27th.
A LESSER YELLOWLEGS was seen at Great Meadow in Charlestown on October 24th.
A LEAST SANDPIPER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 24th.
2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS were seen at Turtle Pond in Concord on October 30th.
An EVENING GROSBEAK was reported from Strafford on October 29th, and 2 were reported from Lempster on the 30th.
A few RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Pittsfield, Keene, and Hancock during the past week.
Migrants are on the move and there have been several reports during the past week of: EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, EASTERN PHOEBE, HOUSE WREN, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, TREE SWALLOW, BARN SWALLOW, GRAY CATBIRD, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, FOX SPARROW, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE
Hawk migration observation is continuing and observers have counted over 12,027 raptors (mainly BROAD-WINGED HAWKS & SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS) from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory since August. Be sure to visit and help the official counters!
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