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This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, April 15, 2024

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This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, April 15, 2024

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was seen flying over Portsmouth on April 10th, but has not been reported again.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was discovered at the former Laconia State School Campus. It was hunting in the fields north of the entrance road and west of Route 106.

A VARIED THRUSH was photographed at Dartmouth College Park on April 11th and 12th, but has not been seen again since then.

2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen flying together over open farmland along Route 10 in Orford on April 14th, and a single crane was seen in Woodsville on the 13th, and another was reported from Bath on the 9th – these may be repeated sightings of the same birds.

There was an unconfirmed report of 3 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE from along Route 12A in Charlestown on April 9th.

5 Brant were seen in Rye Harbor State Park on April 10th, and a Snow Goose was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on the 11th. (Photo by Jim Sparrell. A Brant in Rye Harbor State Park on April 6, 2024.)

5 BRANT were seen in Rye Harbor State Park on April 10th, and a SNOW GOOSE was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on the 11th.

3 RUDDY DUCKS were seen at Nutts Pond in Manchester on April 10th through 13th.

A few LESSER and GREATER SCAUP were reported from scattered locations during the past week.

A LEAST SANDPIPER was seen in Hampton Salt Marsh on April 13th.

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen at Runnymede Farm in North Hampton on April 10th and 13th, and 1 was seen in Hampton Salt Marsh on the 12th.

3 COMMON MURRES were seen off the coast near the Isles of Shoals on April 9th.

9 BONAPARTE’S GULLS were seen at the Hinsdale Setbacks on the Connecticut River, and 1 was seen at Elm Brook Park in Hopkinton, all on April 10th.

A LAUGHING GULL, an ICELAND GULL, and a GLAUCOUS GULL were seen in Eel Pond in Rye, all on April 12th.

2 GLOSSY IBIS were seen in coastal Rye on April 14th, and at least 10 SNOWY EGRETS were seen along the coast during the past week.

3 BLACK VULTURES were seen in Strafford, 2 were seen in Westmoreland, 1 was seen in Penacook, 1 was seen in Exeter, and 1 was seen in Nashua, all during the past week.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along Ten Rod Road in Rochester on April 12th.

A SNOW BUNTING was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 9th.

An AMERICAN PIPIT was seen at Northwood Meadows State Park on April 14th.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was seen in South Hampton on April 11th.

16 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at the Karner Blue Easement in Concord on April 14th, 12 were seen at Wildcat Falls in Merrimack on the 14th, 10 were seen at a private residence in Walpole on the 14th, and a many more small flocks were reported from scattered locations during the past week.

A number of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were reported during the past week.

Additional new arrivals during the past week included: BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, HOUSE WRENS, MARSH WRENS, LOUSIANA WATERTHRUSHES, PALM WARBLERS, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, GRAY CATBIRDS, BROWN THRASHERS, and EASTERN TOWHEES.

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.

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Thanks very much and good birding.