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This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 28, 2022

4 BLACK TERNS were seen on Cherry Pond at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on August 22nd.

2 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, and 3 ARCTIC TERNS continued to be seen at the Isles of Shoals during the past week.

A WESTERN SANDPIPER was seen at Meadow Pond in Hampton on August 26th, and a DUNLIN was seen in Hampton Harbor on the 29th.

4 BLACK TERNS were seen on Cherry Pond at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on August 22, 2022. (Photo: Black Tern by Santiago Caballero Carrera.)

A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at the Pickering Ponds in Rochester on August 27th.

A female KING EIDER that was first seen from Pulpit Rocks in Rye on May 22nd is still being seen along the coast in Rye, and was last reported on August 28th.

An adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was photographed at the Gunstock Mountain Resort wetlands boardwalk in Gilford on August 28th and 29th.

A juvenile LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen with 11 SNOWY EGRETS in the marsh located west of Route 1A opposite Wallis Sands in Rye on August 29th.

A GLOSSY IBIS was seen in Monroe on August 26th.

3 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen in Stratham during the past week.

An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was photographed at a private residence in Merrimack on August 29th.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on August 28th.

A DICKCISSEL was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on August 24th.

4 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from Cemetery Fields in Amherst on August 25th.

3 RED CROSSBILLS were seen in New Hampton on August 24th, and 1 was heard in New London on the 28th.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen in Canaan on August 28th.

A CAPE MAY WARBLER was seen at Duck Pond at Long Pond Town Forest in Lempster on August 26th.

A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was seen along Kearsarge Valley Road in Wilmot on August 24th.

An ALDER FLYCATCHER was seen and identified by call in Sandwich on August 28th.

A BANK SWALLOW was seen at Fox State Forest in Hillsborough on August 28th.

A SPRUCE GROUSE was seen on the Baldface Circle Trail in the White Mountains on August 23rd.

COMMON NIGHTHAWKS are migrating south! High counts from the past week were: 565 in Hancock on August 28th, 984 in Sandwich on the 28th, 326 in Rumney on the 28th, 1,068 in Concord on the 27th, 991 in Hancock on the 26th, 1,473 in Concord on the 24th, 562 in Hancock on the 24th, and 665 in Hancock on the 23rd.

Hawk migration observation has started and observers have already counted over 22 raptors from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory. Be sure to visit and help the official counters!

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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