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This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 16, 2023

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This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 16, 2023

A RED PHALAROPE, and 3 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were reported from Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, on October 14th, and a PURPLE SANDPIPER was seen there on the 12th.

A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and 2 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen in Hampton Harbor on several days during the past week.

A Stilt Sandpiper, 10 Lesser Yellowlegs, two Least Sandpipers, and two White-rumped Sandpipers were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant during the past week. (Photo: Lesser Yellowlegs by Jim Sparrell in Exeter, NH. August 2022.)

A STILT SANDPIPER, 10 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 2 LEAST SANDPIPERS, and 2 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 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER was seen at Tullando Farm in Orford on October 14th and 15th. 2 LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen at Rye Harbor State Park on October 13th.

4 POMARINE JAEGERS and a COMMON TERN were seen in NH waters by birders on a boat cruise to Cashes Ledge on October 14th.

A COMMON MURRE was seen in Hampton Harbor, and 1 was seen in coastal Rye, both on October 11th.

A LAUGHING GULL was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 15th.

11 SURF SCOTERS, 16 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and 92 BLACK SCOTERS were seen on Cherry Pond in Jefferson on October 16th.

2 pairs of LESSER SCAUP were seen at Upper Baker Pond in Orford on October 13th and a NORTHERN PINTAIL was reported from Horseshoe Pond in Concord on the 14th.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Walpole and 1 was seen in East Kingston, both on October 14th.

A WHITE-EYED VIREO was seen at Benson Park in Hudson on October 13th, 1 was seen at Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on the 15th, and 1 was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 13th.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at the Center Harbor Sewage Lagoons on October 11th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at Great Boar’s Head in Hampton on October 14th, 1 was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 14th, and 3 were seen at Star Island, 1 of the Isle’s of Shoals, on the 12th.

2 DICKCISSELS were seen at Goss Farm in Rye on several days during the past week, and 1 was seen at Star Island on the 16th.

2 FOX SPARROWS were seen in Hanover on October 14th, and 1 was seen in Effingham on the 12th.

A SNOW BUNTING was seen at Pack Monadnock on October 15th.

7 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from New London, 3 were reported Concord, 2 were reported from Penacook, 2 were reported from Peterborough, 2 were reported from Hancock, and 1 was reported from Alton, all during the past week.

A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was seen in Colebrook on October 9th, 1 was seen in Marlborough on the 9th, and 1 was seen in Rye on several days during the past week.

A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was seen along Ossipee Lake Road in Freedom on October 10th, and 1 was seen just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 15th.

A RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was seen in Henniker on October 11th.

Lingering migrant species reported during the past week included: MARSH WREN, HOUSE WREN, EASTERN KINGBIRD, LEAST FLYCATCHER, EASTERN WOOD-PEEWEE, BICKNELL’S THRUSH, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, PRAIRIE WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, SCARLET TANAGER, BOBOLINK, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, INDIGO BUNTING, and VESPER SPARROW.

Hawk migration observation started in late August, and observers have counted over 12,430 raptors (mainly BROAD-WINGED HAWKS) from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory since then. 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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