This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, April 11th, 2022.
A SLATY-BACKED GULL, a coastal species from northeast Asia, was photographed at North Hampton State Beach on April 8th, but has not been relocated.
A LESSER BLACKED GULL was photographed at Rye Ledge on April 9th.
An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on April 7th, and 1 was seen on Eel Pond in Rye on the 9th. There is NO VEHICLE ACCESS at the treatment plant. If you visit, please park in the spaces located in front of the gate and walk in.
A BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen on the Connecticut River at the Hinsdale Setbacks on April 8th and 9th, 1 was seen at Sip Pond in Fitzwilliam on the 8th, and 1 was seen in a flooded field along Wetherby Road in Charlestown on the 10th.
A COMMON MURRE was seen offshore from Rye on April 4th.
2 SANDHILL CRANES were reported flying overhead in Rochester on April 9th.
A SNOWY OWL was seen in coastal Seabrook, 1 was seen in coastal Hampton, and 1 was seen in coastal Rye, all during the past week. Be sure to stay at a distance from any owls and do not disturb them – see the link below: https://www.nhaudubon.org/education/birds-and-birding/snowy-owl-viewing-ethics
4 BLACK VULTURES were seen flying over Salem on April 7th, 2 were seen over Keene on the 4th, and 1 was seen over Nashua on the 8th.
A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen in Salem on April 8th.
A SNOW GOOSE was seen in Nottingham on April 5th.
A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen at the Errol Dam on the Androscoggin River on several days during the past week, and was last reported on April 4th.
A RED-NECKED GREBE and 3 AMERICAN WIGEONS were seen on the Connecticut River at Kilowatt South on April 8th, and 6 AMERICAN WIGEONS were seen at Great Meadow in Charlestown on the 10th.
A RUDDY DUCK and 7 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on April 10th. There is NO VEHICLE ACCESS at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant. If you visit, please park in the spaces located in front of the gate and walk in.
At least 7 SNOWY EGRETS were seen along the coast during the past week, and a GLOSSY IBIS was seen in coastal Rye on April 10th.
7 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in Littleton, 4 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Nelson, and COMMON REDPOLL was seen in North Conway, all on April 9th.
A RED CROSSBILL was reported from Jaffrey on April 10th.
4 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were seen at World End Pond in Salem on April 6th, 4 were seen at Great Meadow in Charlestown on the 9th, 2 were seen at the Abe Emerson Marsh in Candia on the 5th, and 1 was seen in Exeter on the 10th.
Single BARN SWALLOWS were seen in Sandwich, Hinsdale, Rochester, and Exeter during the past week.
Single LOUSIANA WATERTHRUSHES were reported from Hancock, Hampstead, Hollis, and Epping during the past week.
4 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were seen in Hinsdale, and single birds were seen in Hopkinton and Rochester, all on April 10th. A few PALM WARBLERS, and PINE WARBLERS were reported during the past week.
A GRAY CATBIRD was seen in Manchester on April 8th, and there was an unconfirmed report of a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK from Rye on April 9th.
Small numbers of a few early returning migrants were reported during the past week, including: GADWALL, NORTHERN PINTAIL, OSPREY, TREE SWALLOW, EASTERN PHOEBE, KILLDEER, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, WILSON’S SNIPE, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, FISH CROW, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, FIELD SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, and FOX 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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