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This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 21, 2023

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 21, 2023

A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was seen at Marsh Road Pond in Rye on August 18th.

3 WHIMBRELS and a STILT SANDPIPER were seen in coastal Hampton on August 19th.

2 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS continued to be seen at the Isles of Shoals during the past week.

A female KING EIDER continues to be seen in coastal Rye, often from the second pullout just south of Odiorne Point State Park. It was last reported on August 19th.

A LARK SPARROW was seen at Surry Mountain Lake on August 20 and 21. (Photo: Lark Swallow by Mark Suomala, October 2022, Arizona.) 

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Basin Pond in Chatham on August 17th.

3 LITTLE BLUE HERONS were seen in Parsons Creek Saltmarsh in Rye, and 1 was seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham, all on August 19th.

4 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen from Island Path in coastal Hampton on August 15th.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in fields at Bedell Bridge State Park in Haverhill on August 16th.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was reported from Stratham on August 16th.

2 BLACK VULTURES were seen in Westmoreland on August 14th.

A LARK SPARROW was seen at Surry Mountain Lake on August 20th and 21st.

A HOODED WARBLER was seen at a private residence along Range Road in Sandwich on August 19th.

RED CROSSBILL sightings continued to increase from scattered statewide locations, and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS have mainly been reported from northern locations, all during the past week.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was reported from Littleton on August 15th.

5 BANK SWALLOWS were seen at the Charlestown Wastewater Treatment Plant on August 19th, and 2 were seen along with a PURPLE MARTIN at Bobolink Farm in Hancock on the 20th.

24 CAPE MAY WARBLERS were counted at the Freedom Town Forest on August 17th, and 1 was seen at the Sunapee Waste Water Treatment Plant on August 19th.

COMMON NIGHTHAWK southbound migration is underway and 861 were tallied flying over Concord on the evening of August 20th. A nighthawk watch, let by a NH Audubon volunteer, is held in Concord, NH on the roof of the Capitol Commons Parking Garage on Storrs Street every evening (except in bad weather) from mid-August into the first week of September. Numbers of migrating nighthawks are tallied from 5:30 pm to about 7:30 pm. Visitors are welcome.

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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