This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, April 4th, 2022.
A SNOWY OWL was seen in coastal Seabrook, and 1 was seen in coastal Rye, both on April 3rd. Be sure to stay at a distance from any owls and do not disturb them: https://www.nhaudubon.org/education/birds-and-birding/snowy-owl-viewing-ethics
3 BLACK VULTURES were seen flying over Nashua on April 2nd, 2 were seen over Manchester on March 30th, and 2 were seen over Westmoreland on March 30th.
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was reported from Wolfeboro on March 31st.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along Ossipee Mountain Road in Moultonborough on April 1st and 2nd, and 1 was seen at the Ines and Fredrick Yeatt’s Wildlife Sanctuary in Warren on April 2nd.
There was an adult LESSER BLACKED GULL and an unconfirmed sighting of a CACKLING GOOSE at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on April 1st.
2 ICELAND GULLS and a GLAUCOUS GULL were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant several times during the past week. There is NO VEHICLE ACCESS. If you visit, please park in the spaces located in front of the gate and walk in.
4 BONAPARTE’S GULLS were seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on March 31st, 5 were seen flying over Sandwich on April 1st, and 1 was seen in Exeter on April 1st.
An AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was seen along the coast in North Hampton on March 31st.
A DUNLIN was seen along Airport Road in Swanzey on April 1st.
A GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on March 31st and April 1st, and 1 was seen in coastal Rye on April 2nd.
15 WILSON’S SNIPE were seen in fields at West Portsmouth Street in Concord on April 2nd, and 9 PIPING PLOVERS were seen at Hampton Beach on April 3rd.
A SNOW GOOSE was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on April 2nd.
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 2nd.
2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on March 31st, 3 were seen along River Road in Walpole on March 30th, 2 were seen at the Grant Brook outlet area in Lyme on April 1st, and 1 was seen at Bedell Bridge State Park in Haverhill on the Connecticut River on April 3rd.
A “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen in Hampton on April 3rd.
A RUDDY DUCK was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant during the past week and was last reported on April 3rd. 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.
A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen in Center Harbor on April 4th.
At least 4 GREAT EGRETS were seen along the coast during the past week, and a SNOWY EGRET was seen in coastal Rye on March 31st.
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on April 3rd.
3 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park on March 30th, and 1 was seen there on April 3rd.
A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen in Greenland on March 29th.
3 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on April 2nd.
A VIRGINIA RAIL was reported from the marsh along Borthwick Avenue in Portsmouth on April 3rd.
2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Errol on April 1st.
A COMMON REDPOLL was seen in Jefferson on March 30th.
A PINE WARBLER was reported from Hancock on March 31st, and 2 were reported from Hollis on April 4th.
2 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were seen near Little Cherry Pond in Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on April 3rd.
Small numbers of a few early returning migrants were reported during the past week, including: GADWALL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, NORTHERN PINTAIL, LESSER SCAUP, OSPREY, TREE SWALLOW, EASTERN PHOEBE, KILLDEER, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, WILSON’S SNIPE, FISH CROW, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, FIELD 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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