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This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, September 4, 2023

A BAY-BREASTED WARBLER and a PALM WARBLER were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 2. (Photo: Palm Warbler by Jim Sparrell, April 2023, Odiorne State Park, Rye, NH.)

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was photographed at Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on August 31st.

A BAY-BREASTED WARBLER and a PALM WARBLER were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 2nd.

A LAUGHING GULL was photographed at Berry Bay in Freedom on September 4th.

3 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen at the Isles of Shoals during the past week.

2 WESTERN SANDPIPERS were seen at Plaice Cove in Hampton, 1 was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, and 1 was seen at Jenness Beach in Rye, all during the past week.

2 WHIMBRELS, and 2 RED KNOTS were seen in coastal Hampton on September 2nd.

A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was reported from Bicentennial Park in Hampton on August 29th, and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and a DUNLIN were seen in Hampton Harbor on September 2nd.

A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and a RUDDY DUCK were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on September 1st. 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 just south of Odiorne Point State Park. It was last reported on August 31st.

A pair of LESSER SCAUP was seen at Back Pond in Stewartstown on August 31st.

An adult LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen in coastal Rye on September 4th.

A juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen in Hampton Harbor on August 30th.

2 GREEN HERONS were seen in the Upper Ammonoosuc River south of Groveton on September 2nd.

110 GREAT EGRETS were counted in Hampton Harbor, and 20 GLOSSY IBIS were seen in the marsh opposite Wallis Sands State Beach in Rye, all on September 2nd.

A GREAT COMORANT was seen at the Pontook Reservoir in Dummer on several days during the past week.

3 BLACK VULTURES were seen in Westmoreland, and 1 was seen in Rochester, all on August 30th.

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

2 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were reported from Benson Park in Hudson on August 29th.

A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on August 31st.

4 BANK SWALLOWS were seen at Bobolink Farm in Hancock, and 2 were seen at the Charlestown Wastewater Treatment Plant, all on September 2nd.

COMMON NIGHTHAWK southbound migration is underway. The high count for a single evening was 8,603 (!) from Franklin Falls on August 28th. A nighthawk watch, led by NH Audubon volunteers, is held in Concord, NH on the roof of the Capitol Commons Parking Garage on Storrs Street every evening (except in bad weather) from mid-August into the first week of September. Numbers of migrating nighthawks are tallied from 5:30 pm to about 7:30 pm. Visitors are welcome.

Hawk migration observation has started and observers have already counted over 100 raptors from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory. Be sure to visit and help the official counters!

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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