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This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, September 25, 2023

A POMARINE JAEGER was seen in offshore waters at Jeffrey’s Ledge on September 19th, and a MANX SHEARWATER was seen at Jeffrey’s Ledge on the 22nd.

4 CASPIAN TERNS were seen at Sawyer’s Beach in Rye on September 18th.

An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at the north end of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 18th.

A RAZORBILL was seen from Odiorne State Park in Rye on September 23rd.

5 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen at the Isles of Shoals on September 23rd.

A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen at Foss Beach, and 1 was seen at Ragged Neck, both in Rye on September 19th.

3 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen migrating over Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on September 19th, and an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was seen at the north end of North Hampton Beach on the 22nd.

A STILT SANDPIPER was seen on September 22, and 5 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen on the 20, all at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant. (Photo: Stilt Sandpiper by Steve Mirick, Rye, NH, August 2016.)

A STILT SANDPIPER was seen on September 22nd, and 5 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen on the 20th, all at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant. 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.

2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at the Woodsville boat launch on the Connecticut River in Haverhill on September 23rd.

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 September 23rd.

An AMERICAN COOT and a SORA were seen at World End Pond in Salem on September 23rd.

A GREAT CORMORANT was seen on the Androscoggin River in Errol on September 21st.

A GREAT EGRET was seen at Trinity Farm in Orford on September 23rd, and a SNOWY EGRET was seen at Bedell Bridge State Park in Haverhill on the 20th.

3 SNOWY EGRETS were seen at Adams Point in Durham on September 23rd.

A WHITE-EYED VIREO was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 23rd.

A LARK SPARROW and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW were seen at Goss Farm in Rye on several days during the past week.

A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen at Benson Park in Hudson on September 20th.

2 DICKCISSELS were seen at Goss Farm in Rye, 2 were seen at the Birch Street gardens in Concord, 1 was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord, 1 was seen at Pickering Pond in Rochester, and 1 was seen at Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, all during the past week.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen on Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, on September 22nd and 23rd.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was reported from Valley Cross Road in Jackson on September 19th, 1 was reported from Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 20th, and 1 was reported from Gumpas Conservation Area in Pelham on the 19th.

A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen at Spinney Lane and Durham Reservoir in Durham on September 21st, and 1 was reported from the Hinsdale Bluffs on the 23rd.

A MOURNING WARBLER was seen in Sandwich on September 22nd.

A BAY-BREASTED WARBLER was seen along Tilton Hill Road in Pittsfield on September 25th, 3 were seen in Penacook on the 25th, and 2 were reported from Hayfield Lane in New London on the 24th.

RED CROSSBILL sightings continued to be reported from scattered statewide locations, all during the past week.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Durham on September 24th.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was reported from Alexandria on September 21st, and 1 was reported from Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on the 20th.

Hawk migration observation has started and observers have counted over 10,000 raptors (mainly BROAD-WINGED HAWKS) from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory. Be sure to visit and help the official counters!

A late-migrating COMMON NIGHTHAWK and CHIMNEY SWIFT were seen from Pack Monadnock in Peterborough, both during the past week.

9 HORNED LARKS were seen at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth on September 20th, 3 were seen at Ragged Neck in Rye on the 24th, and 1 was seen at Elm Brook Park in Hopkinton on the 21st.

Lingering migrant species reported during the past week included: YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, WARBLING VIREO, VEERY, WOOD THRUSH, YELLOW WARBLER, and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER.

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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