A breeding-plumaged PACIFIC LOON was seen from Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, on September 30th.
5 SNOW GEESE were seen in Littleton on September 29th.
A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a LAUGHING GULL were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 1st.
5 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen at the Isles of Shoals during the past week.
An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, a STILT SANDPIPER, 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant during the past week. 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 female KING EIDER continues to be seen in coastal Rye, often from the second pullout on Route 1A just south of Odiorne Point State Park. It was last reported on October 1st.
A LESSER SCAUP was seen at Lower Baker Pond in Orford on September 30th.
A GREAT EGRET was seen at Trinity Farm in Orford on September 25th.
A LARK SPARROW was seen at Goss Farm in Rye on September 26th.
A DICKCISSEL was seen at Goss Farm in Rye on September 30th, 2 were seen at the Birch Street gardens in Concord on the 27th, and 1 was seen at Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, on the 30th.
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 1st.
A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen on Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, on September 28th, and there was an unconfirmed sighting of 1 at the Seabrook Town Forest on the 27th.
A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen at the Barnstead Business Park in Barnstead on September 27th.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen on Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, on September 29th, and 1 was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 1st.
2 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES were reported from Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, on several days during the past week.
Although fewer in number, RED CROSSBILL sightings continued to be reported from scattered statewide locations, all during the past week. A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was reported from Cannon Mountain on October 1st.
A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Claremont, 1 was seen in Lee, and 1 was seen in East Kingston all during the past week.
Hawk migration observation started in late August, and observers have counted over 11,500 raptors (mainly BROAD-WINGED HAWKS) from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory. Be sure to visit and help the official counters!
2 HORNED LARKS were seen at Ragged Neck in Rye on September 26th.
A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was seen at Airport Marsh in Whitefield on September 28th, and 1 was seen at Campton Pond in Campton on the 27th.
Numerous migrating RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS were reported during the past week.
Lingering migrant species reported during the past week included: YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN WOOD-PEEWEE, LEAST FLYCATCHER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, WARBLING VIREO, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, VEERY, WOOD THRUSH, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER.
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