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This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 6, 2024

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This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 6, 2024

A BLACK-NECKED STILT was seen at Parson’s Creek Salt Marsh west of Wallis Sands Beach in Rye on May 4th.

2 WHITE-FACED IBIS were seen along the coast on May 5th and 6th, and an estimated 100 GLOSSY IBIS were seen along the coast during the past week.

A LEAST BITTERN was reported from Cranberry Pond wetlands behind the Price Chopper in West Lebanon, and a GREEN HERON was reported from Airport Marsh in Whitefield, both on May 4th.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen in Rye during the past week.

A sound recording was made of a COMMON GALLINULE vocalizing while flying overhead in Hancock on May 4th, and a SORA was photographed at Ahern State Park in Laconia on April 29th.

There was an unconfirmed sighting of a BRANT from Littleton on May 5th.

A GADWALL was seen at Meadow Pond in Hampton on May 6th.

2 LESSER SCAUP were seen on Horseshoe Pond in Concord on May 2nd.

An ICELAND GULL was seen from a boat at Jeffrey’s Ledge on May 3rd.

A CASPIAN TERN was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on May 1st. At least 10 COMMON TERNS were seen along the coast during the past week.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen along Plains Road in Monroe on May 6th, 2 were seen along Krif Road in Keene on the 1st, and 1 was seen in Nottingham on April 30th.

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen at Parson’s Creek Salt Marsh west of Wallis Sands Beach in Rye on May 4th. A SEMIPALMATED PLOVER was seen at Surry Mountain Lake on May 7th, and a few were seen along the coast during the past week. 6 LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on April 30th.

2 BLACK VULTURES were seen in Penacook on May 4th, 1 was seen in Milford on the 6th, and 1 was seen in Westmoreland on the 1st.

An Orchard Oriole was seen in Gorham on May 6. (Photo by Jim Sparrell. Orchard Oriole at South Mill Pond in Portsmouth on May 1, 2024.)

An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen in Gorham on May 6th.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was reported from Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on May 7th, and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen in Rochester on May 4th.

A hybrid between a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER x BLUE-WINGED WARBLER was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on May 3rd.

A FISH CROW was reported from Hanover on May 6th.

25 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Mine Falls Park in Nashua on May 3rd, a mixed flock of 30 RED CROSSBILLS and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS was reported from Wilton on the 5th, and a few more small flocks were reported from scattered locations during the past week.

A BOHEMIAN WAXWING was seen in Conway on May 3rd.

An EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was reported from Dover on May 6th, and a WILLOW FLYCATCHER was reported from Hanover on the 4th.

Additional new arrivals from during the past week included: WILSON’S WARBLER, PRAIRIE WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER. SWAINSON’S THRUSH, VEERY WOOD THRUSH, SCARLET TANAGER. RED-EYED VIREO, and LINCOLN’S SPARROW

A few lingering AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were reported from Concord, Keene, and Colebrook 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.

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Thanks very much and good birding.