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This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 9, 2023

A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 9th, and a WORM-EATING WARBLER was seen here on the 7th.

A WHITE-EYED VIREO was seen at NH Audubon’s McLane Center in Concord, and 1 was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester, both on October 8th.

A Clay-colored Sparrow was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 9. (Photo: Clay-colored Sparrow by Steve Mirick, Odiorne Point in Rye, NH, September, 2021.)

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 9th.

A DICKCISSEL was seen at Goss Farm in Rye on October 9th.

2 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Concord on October 9th, 2 were reported from Penacook on the 8th, and 1 was reported from Hancock on the 8th.

A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was seen at Cherry Pond at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on October 6th, and 1 was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 9th. A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen in Newbury on the 9th.

6 BLACK VULTURES were seen flying over the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on October 8th, 3 were seen over Nutmeg Drive in Nashua on the 4th, and 1 was seen over White Oak Road in Center Barnstead on the 3rd.

A juvenile SORA was reported from along Route 10 in Orford on October 9th.

2 migrating RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS were reported during the past week.

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 7th.

A GADWALL was reported from Little Cherry Pond at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on October 6th, and a NORTHERN PINTAIL was reported from Horseshoe Pond in Concord on the 9th.

A RED-THROATED LOON was seen in coastal Rye on October 7th and 9th.

A GREAT CORMORANT was seen at Pontook Reservoir in Dummer on October 4th.

A LAUGHING GULL was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 9th.

A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and 5 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen in Hampton Harbor during the past week.

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.

5 LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen at Copps Pond Wildlife Management Area in Tuftonboro on October 8th.

Lingering migrant species reported during the past week included: LEAST FLYCATCHER, EASTERN WOOD-PEEWEE, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, VEERY, WOOD THRUSH, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, PRAIRIE WARBLER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, SCARLET TANAGER, and VESPER SPARROW.

Hawk migration observation started in late August, and observers have counted over 11,630 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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