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This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, November 28, 2022

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This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, November 28, 2022

A TROPICAL KINGBIRD was found at the NH Fish & Game Great Bay Wildlife Management Area (Greenland Access), and Great Bay Farm in Greenland on November 13th, and has been seen on nearly every day since then. It was last seen on the 28th. A late-migrating GREAT EGRET, and a LEAST FLYCATCHER were seen in the same general area several times during the past week.

An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was photographed visiting a birdfeeder at a private residence at Dover Point in Dover on November 24th and 25th.

A probable RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD has been seen visiting a birdfeeder at a private residence in Newmarket during the past week and was last reported on November 24, 2022, photographed here by Steve Mirick.

A probable RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD has been seen visiting a birdfeeder at a private residence in Newmarket during the past week and was last reported on November 24th.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen with CANADA GEESE at Smith Fields in Greenland on November 25th. There was an unconfirmed report of a CACKLING GOOSE at Pequawket Pond Trail in Conway on November 28th.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON continues to be seen in the southeast section of Great Bay and was last reported on November 24th. Viewing is sometimes possible from the shore at the NH Fish & Game Great Bay Wildlife Management Area (Greenland Access). 2 REDHEADS were seen in the same general area on the 22nd and 23rd. A male AMERICAN WIGEON continues to be seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord and was last reported on November 26th. A SURF SCOTER was seen at Newfound Lake in Hebron on November 22nd.

A flock of 18 SANDHILL CRANES was seen flying over Lyndeborough on November 27th, 7 were seen along Bay Road in Newmarket on the 27th, and 1 was seen in Greenland on the 28th. A family of 3 SANDHILL CRANES was seen in fields at the intersection of Plains Road and Coppermine Road in Monroe on the 23rd.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen in Meredith on November 26th.

3 BLACK VULTURES were seen in Newmarket on November 27th, and at least 3 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in the Durham and Dover area during the past week.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in coastal Rye on November 22nd.

A COMMON MURRE and about 125 DOVEKIES were seen offshore by birders on a fishing boat during the past week.

A RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Lake Sunapee from Sunapee State Beach in Newbury on November 23rd.

There was an unconfirmed report of a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER seen in Hampton Marsh on November 25th, and a GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen in Hampton on the 23rd. A SPOTTED SANDPIPER was seen in Rye Harbor on November 23rd.

A DICKCISSEL was seen in Concord on November 26th and 27th.

7 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on November 26th, 6 were seen at Great Meadow in Charlestown on the 26th, 2 were seen from Drake Road in New Hampton on the 26th, and 1 was seen in Rye on the 22nd.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Berway Farm on North Thetford Road in Lyme on November 22nd, 1 was seen along Old Beach Road in Rye on the 22nd, and 1 was seen at the Hampton Wastewater Treatment Plant on the 27th.

A flock of 80 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in Gorham on November 26th, a flock of 60 was seen in Twin Mountain on the 24th, and a flock of 28 was seen in Sandwich on the 28th.

7 PINE GROSBEAKS were seen foraging for seeds at the start of the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge access trail off of Hazen Road on November 24th.

A flock of 24 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen in Weare on November 23rd, 6 were seen in Alton on the 23rd, 5 were seen in Marlborough on the 24th, and 2 were reported from Rochester on the 23rd.

6 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Hancock on November 23rd, 5 were reported from Mount Monadnock on the 23rd, 2 were reported from Pack Monadnock on the 26th, and 1 was reported from Penacook on the 27th.

Migrants are on the move and there have been several reports during the past week of:  EASTERN PHOEBE, MARSH WREN, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, CANADA WABLER, NORTHERN PARULA, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, PALM WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, HERMIT THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, FOX SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and CHIPPING SPARROW.

Coordinated hawk migration observation is finally ending for this year. Observers have counted 12,368 raptors (mainly BROAD-WINGED HAWKS & SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS) from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory since August. See you next year!

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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