Rare Bird Alert:

August 12, 2020

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 10th, 2020.

During the Corona virus outbreak NH Audubon encourages you to enjoy birding safely; please follow travel and social distance recommendations from state and federal authorities.

A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant during the week of August 3, 2020. (White-rumped Sandpiper image by Matthew Schenk.)

A SOOTY TERN was photographed on Pleasant Lake in Deerfield on August 6th, but has it has not been relocated.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was seen soaring in Lebanon in the area of the airport on August 9th. Last week one was photographed in Claremont on July 29th, 1 was reported from Keene on the 27th, and 1 was reported from Webster on the 24th. It is unknown if these sightings all represent the same individual.

MISSISSIPPI KITES continued to be reported from Durham, Newmarket, Stratham, and Greenland, all during the past week. They have been successfully nesting in several of these towns for a number of years. The nests are located on private property, so please respectfully view the birds from the road.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, a STILT SANDPIPER, and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were all seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on 1 or 2 days during the past week. The treatment plant is gated and the hours of operation are 7:30-3:00 on weekdays only. If you visit, YOU MUST be out of the plant by 2:45 so that plant personnel do not have to ask birders to leave. Park in an assigned space, and do not drive on the dikes or block the roads. Be aware of on-going construction and do not obstruct any workers. Due to Covid-19, you do not need to check-in. The Trails at Pickering Ponds, located east of the plant, are not gated, and are always open during daylight hours. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was reported from Pickering Ponds last week.

A BLACK GUILLEMOT was seen in Rye Harbor on August 8th.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on Lake Umbagog on August 7th.

A BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen on Squam Lake on July 29th, and again on August 7th.

Up to 5 LEAST BITTERNS continue to be seen at the Cranberry Ponds located behind the Price Chopper and the Walmart garden center in West Lebanon, and they were last reported on August 10th. GREEN HERONS have also been seen here.

A GREAT EGRET was seen in a pond along Union Avenue in Laconia on August 9th, and 1 was seen in Tilton on the 10th.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen at the Deer Hill Wildlife Management Area in Brentwood on August 6th, 1 was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 8th, and 1 was seen at Hampton Marsh on the 9th.

A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on August 8th, and 1 was seen in the Hampton Harbor area on August 4th, 8th, and 10th.

RED CROSSBILLS continue to be reported from appropriate habitat with high counts of 17 at Pack Monadnock on August 8th, 14 at the Harris Center in Hancock on the 8th, and 20 at the Lancy Brook wetlands in Brookline on the 8th.

A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was reported from Temple Mountain on August 9th.

Several YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS were again reported during the past week – a good year for them. They are helping to protect our forests from caterpillar damage.

Birders on a fishing boat trip out of Hampton Harbor on August 7th, reported 2 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, 6 GREAT SHEARWATERS, and several hundred WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS.

New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert is sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank.

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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