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This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 31, 2023

A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on July 26th and 27th, but has not been reported again. A RUDDY DUCK has been present here for the past month. 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 RUDDY DUCK has been present at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant throughout July. (Photo: Ruddy Duck by Steve Bennett,  6-3-21, Exeter, NH.)

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

2 STILT SANDPIPERS and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER were seen in Hampton Salt Marsh on July 30th.

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 July 30th.

2 BONAPARTE’S GULLS were photographed in Grafton Pond on July 28th.

An adult LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen in Parson’s Creek and again in salt marshes south of Odiorne Point State Park, in Rye on July 30th. Another adult LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen in Hampton Marsh on July 28th and 30th.

There was an unconfirmed report of a LEAST BITTERN from Giles Road in East Kingston on July 28th, and 2 were reported from World End Pond in Salem on July 24th.

A juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was reported from the Baker River in Plymouth on July 28th.

An AMERICAN COOT was seen in Meadow Pond in Hampton on July 28th.

There was an unconfirmed report of a WHITE-WINGED DOVE at a private residence in East Kingston on July 29th.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in fields at Bedell Bridge State Park in Haverhill on July 29th and 30th.

4 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Sandwich, 5 were reported from New Durham, 6 were reported from Albany, and smaller numbers were reported from scattered locations, all during the past week. 2 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from the White Mountains on July 30th.

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was first seen at Moore Fields on Route 155A in Durham on July 29th and was last reported from there on the 31st.

A flock of 25 FISH CROWS was seen and heard near the Yankee Smokehouse in West Ossipee on July 26th.

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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