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 January 2nd.
A MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD has been seen associating with a flock of about 25 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS in a wetland thicket adjacent to a field along the Furber Strait Trail at Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Newington during the past week, and was last reported on January 2nd.
A SNOWY OWL was seen in Seabrook Marsh on January 1st.
An ATLANTIC PUFFIN was seen from a boat along the coast on December 29th.
3 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen at Concord Point in Rye on January 1st.
A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen from the Seabrook side of Hampton Harbor on December 31st, and 3 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES were seen along the coast on December 29th.
A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on December 29th, and an ICELAND GULL was seen at Great Bay on January 1st.
A PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was discovered associating with a flock of CANADA GEESE in fields along Route 155A in Durham on December 20th. Since then, it has been seen in Great Bay and back in Durham, and was last reported in Durham on January 2nd. A spotting scope is needed to see the bird well. 2 SNOW GEESE were also seen in the fields along Route 155A in Durham on January 1st.
A female KING EIDER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on January 1st.
A HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen on the Merrimack River north of Notre Dame Bridge in Manchester on several days last week and was last reported on December 29th. 6 HARLEQUIN DUCKS were seen at Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, on the 29th.
A pair of BARROW’S GOLDENEYES was seen between Granite Street Bridge and Notre Dame Bridge on the Merrimack River on January 1st.
A hybrid of a COMMON GOLDENEYE and a BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen on Great Bay from the Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland on December 28th.
A female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, a GREATER SCAUP, and a LESSER SCAUP were all seen from Lower Smith Road in Sanbornton on January 2nd.
A flock of 6 REDHEADS was seen from Osprey Cove in Great Bay in Greenland on December 28th.
A GADWALL was seen at Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Newington on December 31st. An AMERICAN WIGEON was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on January 1st. A RUDDY DUCK was seen in Exeter on January 1st. 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on January 2nd.
An AMERICAN COOT was seen on Lake Winnisquam at the mouth of Winnipesauke River in Laconia on January 2nd.
3 BLACK VULTURES were seen at Colcord Pond Drive in Exeter on January 2nd, and 4 were seen soaring over Westmoreland on the 1st. A few TURKEY VULTURES have been seen during the past week.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the corner of Ossipee Mountain Road and Bodge Hill Road in Ossipee on January 1st, and 1 was seen in fields along River Road in Milford on December 31st.
A flock of 40 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in Gorham on December 31st.
2 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at Burleigh Farm in Holderness on December 31st.
A flock of 12 PINE GROSBEAKS was seen at the Bronson Hill Conservation Area North in Sugar Hill on January 1st, and a flock of 6 was seen in Rochester on the 2nd.
A flock of 16 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Errol on January 1st, a flock of 10 was seen in Alton on December 29th, 3 were seen at the Bronson Hill Conservation Area North in Sugar Hill on January 1st, and 1 was seen in Farmington on the 27th.
A flock of 12 RED CROSSBILLS was reported from the area of Old City Trail where it crosses Wildlife Pond on Beaver Brook Association land in Hollis on December 30th.
A flock of 11 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS was reported from the Loon Center at the Markus Wildlife Sanctuary in Moultonborough on December 31st.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported from Whipple Hill Road in Richmond on December 30th.
Several YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS and NORTHERN FLICKERS were reported from multiple locations during the past week.
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was reported from Hampton Beach State Park on December 30th, and 20 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen there on January 1st.
A FOX SPARROW was seen in Pittsfield, a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen in Stratham, a LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen in Stratham, and 14 SAVANNAH SPARROWS were seen in Stratham, all on January 1st. Another FOX SPARROW, and a SWAMP SPARROW were seen in Hollis on the 2nd. A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Conway on December 27th, and 1 was seen in Rochester on the 31st.
3 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen at Lackie Farm in Bath on January 2nd, and 1 was seen in Manchester on the 1st.
A PALM WARBLER was seen in Portsmouth City Park, and a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was reported from the Center Harbor Sewage Lagoons, both on December 31st.
An AMERICAN BITTERN continues to be seen in Hampton Marsh and was last reported on January 1st.
2 FISH CROWS were reported from Seabrook Marsh on December 31st, and 10 were reported from Manchester on the 29th.
2 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at Rye Harbor State Park on January 2nd.
A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen in Hancock on December 29th.
3 MARSH WRENS were reported from the Hinsdale Setbacks on the Connecticut River on December 30th.
A CAROLINA WREN was reported from Gorham on January 1st.
2 HERMIT THRUSHES were reported from Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Newington, 1 was reported from Antrim, 1 was reported from Rochester, and 1 was reported from Durham, all on January 1st.
A GRAY CATBIRD was seen in Center Barnstead on December 27th, and 1 was seen at the Portsmouth Country Club on the 30th.
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