A LEACH’S STORM-PETREL was seen at Upper Baker Pond in Orford on September 16th, and 1 was seen in offshore waters at Jeffrey’s Ledge on the 12th.
A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen at the Colebrook Wastewater Treatment Plant on September 12th.
2 CASPIAN TERNS were seen at Sawyer’s Beach in Rye on September 18th.
2 adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on September 18th.
3 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen at the Isles of Shoals, and 3 were seen in coastal Hampton, all during the past week.
A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen at Concord Point in Rye on September 17th, 1 was seen at Foss Beach in Rye on the 16th, and 1 was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on the 16th.
3 WESTERN SANDPIPERS were seen at Plaice Cove (North Side Park) in Hampton on September 15th, and 1 was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on the 16th.
A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and 2 BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on September 12th and 14th. 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 SANDERLING was seen at Trinity Farm in Orford on September 12th.
A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was reported from Swanzey on September 12th, and 1 was reported from Durham on the 15th.
A juvenile LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen in the salt marsh west of Wallis Sands State Beach in Rye on September 14th.
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 September 16th.
3 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen on West Massabesic Lake in Manchester on September 16th.
A PINE GROSBEAK was reported from Mount Monadnock on September 17th.
RED CROSSBILL sightings continued to be reported from scattered statewide locations, all during the past week.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth on September 16th, and 1 was seen at the Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany on the 13th.
A LARK SPARROW was seen at Goss Farm in Rye on September 14th and 16th, and 1 was seen on Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, on the 11th, 12th, and 13th.
A DICKCISSEL was seen at Goss Farm in Rye on September 14th through 17th, and 1 was seen on Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, on the 12th.
A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen in the Freedom Town Forest on September 14th.
A MOURNING WARBLER was seen in Durham on September 16th.
A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Salem on September 17th, and 1 was seen in Durham on the 16th.
A SWAINSON’S HAWK was seen from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough on September 17th.
Hawk migration observation has started and observers have counted over 6,266 raptors (mainly BROAD-WINGED HAWKS) from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory. Be sure to visit and help the official counters!
A late-migrating CHIMNEY SWIFT was seen at Pack Monadnock in Peterborough and was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, both during the past week.
2 FISH CROWS were reported from Plymouth on September 12th.
Lingering migrant species reported during the past week included: YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN KINGBIRD, VEERY, CANADA WARBLER, and BANK SWALLOW.
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