This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 20, 2023.
A WESTERN TANAGER was found foraging on fruiting trees, shrubs, and vines along Ocean Road, west of Route 33, in Greenland on December 17th and has continued to be seen there. It was last reported on February 20th. Park at McDonald’s and walk on the road. Please stay off of private land, and respect privacy.
A VARIED THUSH was seen at a private residence in Lancaster on February 17th, but has not been reported since then.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen north of Newport High School on February 19th.
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen in Charlestown on February 18th.
An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen in Concord, and 1 was seen in Kensington, and a MERLIN was seen in Concord, all during the past week.
2 BLACK VULTURES were reported from Hinsdale, 3 were reported from Walpole,
2 were reported from Langdon, 2 were reported from Nashua, and 2 were reported from Manchester, all during the past week.
TURKEY VULTURES were seen flying over Hanover, Hudson, Concord, Hinsdale, Dover, Keene, Goffstown, Manchester, Durham, Lyndeborough, West Lebanon, Nashua, Westmoreland, Hollis, Walpole, Hooksett, Fall Mountain, Bow, Claremont, Lee, Merrimack, Pembroke, and Charlestown during the past week.
An ICELAND GULL and a GLAUCOUS GULL were seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on February 19th.
A few RAZORBILLS and BLACK GUILLEMOTS were seen along the coast during the past week.
A female KING EIDER continues to be seen, usually from the second pullout just south of Odiorne Point State Park (and as far south as Pulpit Rocks) in Rye, and was last reported on February 20th.
2 CANVASBACKS were seen in the Squamscott River area in Exeter on February 20th, and a REDHEAD was seen on Great Bay in Greenland on the 14th.
2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES continue to be seen from Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester and were last reported on February 20th.
Another BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen in Hampton Harbor, and 1 was seen on the Merrimack River in Concord, both on the 15th.
A WOOD DUCK continues to be seen on the Androscoggin River from Mechanic Street in Gorham and was last reported on February 20th.
6 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen from the Fort Eddy boat launch on the Merrimack River in Concord on February 20th, 1 was seen at the Suncook River Reservoir in Allenstown on the 20th, and 1 was seen on Lake Winnisquam in Laconia on the 19th.
A male GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen at the Suncook River Reservoir in Allenstown on February 20th, and 2 were seen in the Thirty Pines area in Penacook on the 15th. A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen at Meadow Pond in Hampton on February 15th.
11 GREATER SCAUP were seen at the south end of Opechee Bay in Laconia on February 19th.
2 RUDDY DUCKS were reported from the Sklar Waterfront Park in Merrimack on February 18th.
2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen from Hilton Park on Dover Point on February 20th.
2 BRANT were seen on the coast in Hampton on February 18th.
5 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were seen in Rye on February 16th.
Flocks of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, PINE GROSBEAKS, and EVENING GROSBEAKS have been reported from Meriden, Bartlett, Plymouth, Hanover, Conway, Jackson, Littleton, Jefferson, Gorham, and Berlin during the past few weeks. Look for them on crab-apple trees and other fruiting vegetation that still have fruit on them.
30 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on February 20th.
A RED CROSSBILL was reported from Jaffrey on February 14th.
2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, continue to be seen with a flock of HORNED LARKS and SNOW BUNTINGS at Hampton Beach State Park.
6 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on February 16th.
A FOX SPARROW continues to be seen in Pittsfield and was last reported on February 18th, and 1 was seen in Jefferson on the 20th.
A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen in Gorham on February 18th.
A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen in Hollis on February 19th.
A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen in Langdon, and 1 was seen in Hinsdale, both on February 19th.
A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen in Rochester, and 1 was seen in Hinsdale, both on February 20th.
A CAROLINA WREN was reported from Mechanic Street in Gorham on February 15th.
A few NORTHERN FLICKERS and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were seen during the past week.
A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen on Mt Field on February 15th.
FISH CROWS were reported from Concord, Manchester, Portsmouth, Salem, Laconia, Barrington, Hollis, and Hampton during the past week.
3 KILLDEER were seen in Durham, 2 were seen in Milford, and 2 were seen in Rye, all during the past week.
An AMERICAN WOODCOCK was reported from Warner, and 1 was reported from East Kingston, both during the past week.
There were multiple reports of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS during the past week.
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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