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This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 30, 2023

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This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 30, 2023

A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen in Hampton Marsh on October 29. Photo by Jim Sparrell of a Short-eared Owl in 2017.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen in Hampton Marsh on October 29th.

3 SANDHILL CRANES were seen in fields in Nottingham on several days during the past week.

4 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen on Star Island, 1 of the Isles of Shoals, on October 24th.

2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen just north of Odiorne Point State Park in coastal Rye on October 25th.

A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was seen flying over Awcomin Marsh in Rye on October 29th. A WHIMBREL was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on several days during the past week and was last reported on October 29th.

A SEMIPALMATED PLOVER was seen at Tullando Farm in Orford several times during the past week and was last reported on October 26th. A SPOTTED SANDPIPER was seen on Conway Lake in Conway on October 28th.

6 LESSER YELLOWLEGS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on October 26th. 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 MANX SHEARWATER and a LAUGHING GULL were seen at ‘Old Scantum’ in offshore waters, and 2 LAUGHING GULLS were seen from Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, all on October 28th.

A COMMON GALLINULE was seen at Eel Pond in Rye on October 28th, and an AMERICAN COOT was seen there on the 27th.

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 October 26th.

A NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on several days during the past week and was last reported on October 29th. 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen on Hermit Lake in Sanbornton on October 30th.

A flock of 120 RUDDY DUCKS was seen in Exeter on October 28th.

A RED-THROATED LOON was seen in Spofford Lake on October 30th.

A GREAT CORMORANT was seen on Pontook Reservoir in Dummer on October 27th.

18 GREAT EGRETS and a SNOWY EGRET were seen in Hampton Harbor on October 26th, and 11 GREAT EGRETS were seen at Rye Harbor State Park on the 27th.

2 BLACK VULTURES were seen from Pack Monadnock, and 97 TURKEY VULTURES were counted in Exeter, all on October 28th.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on October 23rd, 1 was seen on the 24th, and 1 was seen on the 28th, all from Pack Monadnock.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen from French Road in Dalton on October 29th.

Hawk migration observation started in late August, and observers have counted over 12,535 raptors (mainly BROAD-WINGED HAWKS) from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory since then. Be sure to visit and help the official counters!

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 26th.

A DICKCISSEL was seen at Goss Farm in Rye on several days during the past week and was last reported on October 29th.

A few SNOW BUNTINGS and LAPLAND LONGSPURS were reported from scattered locations during the past week.

A COMMON REDPOLL was reported from Hancock on October 27th.

6 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Hancock, 4 were reported from New London, 7 were reported from Bradford, and 2 were reported from Henniker during the past week.

Additional lingering migrant species reported during the past week included: CHIMNEY SWIFT, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, HOUSE WREN, MARSH WREN, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, RED-EYED VIREO, MOURNING WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, PINE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, YELLOW WARBLER, INDIGO BUNTING, BOBOLINK, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, GRAY CATBIRD, VESPER SPARROW, and LINCOLN’S SPARROW.

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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