This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 8th, 2023.
A SANDHILL CRANE was seen flying near Turkey Pond in Concord on May 7th, 1 was seen in a field south of Ledge Farm Road in Nottingham on the 1st, and 1 was seen at Reed’s Marsh Wildlife Management Area in Orford on the 3rd.
A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen at McIndoes Reservoir on the Connecticut River in Monroe on May 6th, and it was seen again in cornfields along Route 135 in Monroe on the 7th.
A pair of GADWALL was seen on Horseshoe Pond in Concord on May 5th, a pair was reported from World End Pond in Salem on the 6th, and a pair was reported from Rye Harbor State Park on the 4th.
2 GREATER SCAUP were seen on Lake Massabesic in Manchester on May 5th.
A COMMON GOLDENEYE was seen on Otter Pond in New London on May 1st, and 1 continued to be seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester and was last reported on the 4th.
A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was seen on Bearcamp Pond Road in Center Sandwich on several days during the past week and was last reported on May 6th.
A female KING EIDER continues to be seen, usually from the second pullout just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, and it was last reported on May 6th.
An AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was seen in Hampton Marsh on May 3rd, and 1 was seen in Rye Harbor on the 5th.
A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen at the Ambrose Gravel Pit in Sandwich on May 5th and 6th.
2 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on May 8th, and 4 were seen in coastal Hampton on the 4th, a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on May 2nd.
Up to 5 RED PHALAROPES and 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were seen at Rye Harbor State Park on May 3rd. 4th, and 5th.
A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was seen at Lake Tarleton in Piermont on May 5th, and 1 was seen in offshore waters on the 3rd.
A CASPIAN TERN was seen along the coast on May 7th, and 16 COMMON TERNS and a few LEAST TERNS were reported along the coast during the past week.
40 COMMON TERNS and 30 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS were reported from a fishing boat cruise to Old Scantum on May 3rd.
10 NORTHERN FULMARS and 50 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS were seen on a fishing boat cruise to Jeffrey’s Ledge on May 3rd.
A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Rockingham Park in Salem on May 7th, at least 1 LAUGHING GULL was seen along the coast during the past week, and a BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on May 6th.
A GLOSSY IBIS was seen in Penacook on May 4th, 7 were seen in Stratham on the 2nd, and 10 were seen on the coast on the 7th.
A SORA was reported from Merrimack on May 6th.
A WHITE-EYED VIREO was reported from Mink Brook Nature Preserve in Hanover on May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Spinney Lane at the Durham Reservoir on May 8th.
A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Walpole and 1 was seen in Langdon, both on May 6th, and 3 were seen in Manchester on May 7th.
A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was heard at Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on May 5th.
An EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was reported from Newmarket on May 3rd.
A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was reported from the coast on May 3rd.
A WILSON’S WARBLER was seen in Rochester on May 3rd.
A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen in Ossipee on May 7th.
3 BANK SWALLOWS were seen in Newmarket on May 7th.
4 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen in Hampton Beach State Park, and 2 were seen at Lubberland Creek in Newmarket, all on May 7th.
A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was reported from the Concord Airport on May 7th.
A FOX SPARROW was reported from Randolph on May 6th.
A few WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen during the past week.
Spring migration is in full swing, and new arrivals during the past week included: LEAST FLYCATCHER, EASTERN KINGBIRD, CHIMNEY SWIFT, WARBLING VIREO, RED-EYED VIREO, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, AMERICAN REDSTART, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, PRAIRIE WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, NASHVILLE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, ORCHARD ORIOLE, and SCARLET TANAGER
A lingering AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was seen in Hanover on May 8th.
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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