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This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 7, 2023

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 7, 2023

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

A STILT SANDPIPER was seen in Hampton Salt Marsh on July 31st.

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen in Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on August 4th.

A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and a RUDDY DUCK were all seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment on August 4th. The treatment plant is gated and the hours of operation are 7:30-2:00 on weekdays. If you visit, please park in a designated spot at the main building and be out of the plant by 1:45 so that plant personnel do not have to ask birders to leave. Do not drive on the dikes and do not block the road. The Trails at Pickering Ponds, located east of the plant, are not gated, and are always open during daylight hours.

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 2nd.

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen in Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on August 4th. (Photo by Mark Suomala, 2007.)

2 LITTLE BLUE HERONS were seen in Parson’s Creek in Rye on August 2nd.

10 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen roosting together in coastal Hampton on August 3rd.

An AMERICAN COOT was seen in Meadow Pond in Hampton on July 31st.

4 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at the Howard Swain Forest in Deerfield on August 6th, and 1 was seen in fields at Bedell Bridge State Park in Haverhill on July 31st.

2 BLACK VULTURES were seen in Manchester on August 6th.

7 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Bear Brook State Park on August 1st, 7 were reported from the Harris Center in Hancock on August 2nd, 4 were reported from Woodstock on the 3rd, 9 were reported from Strafford on the 6th, 11 were seen in Meredith on the 6th, and smaller numbers were reported from scattered locations, all during the past week.

2 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on August 6th, and 1 was reported from Pittsburg on the 3rd.

2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Woodstock on August 4th.

2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported from Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge on August 1st, 1 was reported from Moore Fields on Route 155A in Durham on the 1st, and 2 were reported from Concord Airport on the 2nd.

11 PURPLE MARTINS were seen in coastal Hampton on August 3rd.

2 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were seen at Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on August 2nd, and 1 was seen in Dixville Notch on the 4th.

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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