This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 14th, 2022.
A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was found at a private residence in Hampton on February 3rd and has been seen numerous times since then. It was last reported on the 14th.
An immature GOLDEN EAGLE was photographed at Great Bay from Adam’s Point in Durham on January 26th, and was last reported from there on February 8th.
2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen again hunting in fields near Pickering Road and Sixth Street in Rochester on February 14th. A NORTHERN HARRIER was also seen here on the 11th. The ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK that has been seen regularly at the Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Swanzey was last reported on the 8th.
2 SNOWY OWLS continue to be seen along the coast in Seabrook, Hampton, and Rye, and another SNOWY OWL continues to be seen perched on buildings and light-posts in and around Fort Eddy Plaza and Stickney Avenue in Concord.
A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen again at the Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Swanzey on February 13th, and a NORTHERN HARRIER and a MERLIN were seen here on the 12th.
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
A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Penacook on February 10th and 11th, and 1 was seen in Manchester on the 13th.
2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen in Hampton Harbor, and 1 was seen in coastal Rye, all on February 12th.
An ICELAND GULL was seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on February 13th.
A THICK-BILLED MURRE and 2 RAZORBILLS were seen in coastal New Castle during the past week.
A RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Adams Point in Durham on February 8th.
There was an unconfirmed report of a PACIFIC LOON seen from Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 12th.
2 SNOW GEESE were seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham and nearby fields, and at the Newfields Town Landing during the past week.
2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES and a pair of BUFFLEHEADS were seen from Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on February 12th. A female BUFFLEHEAD was seen on the Merrimack River in Bow on the 13th.
2 NORTHERN PINTAILS continued to be seen at wetlands at the Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Swanzey during the past week, and were last reported on February 8th. A pair of GADWALL was seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on the 10th.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along Arboretum Drive in a shrubby field opposite Pease International Tradeport on February 12th, and 1 was seen in fields along Worcester Road in Hollis on the 13th.
A DICKCISSEL continues to be seen along South Road in East Kingston and was last reported on February 12th. An EVENING GROSBEAK was also seen here on the 12th.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen on Noyes Street in Concord on February 8th.
A FOX SPARROW was seen in Lyndeborough, 1 was seen in Goffstown, and 1 was seen in Raymond, all during the past week.
A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER continues to be seen in Mont Vernon, and 1 was seen in Colebrook on February 11th.
A BROWN THRASHER was seen again in Keene on February 8th.
3 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen again in coastal Hampton on February 12th.
Single WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from Lempster, and Jefferson during the past week.
A COMMON REDPOLL was seen in Chesterfield on February 13th.
An AMERICAN PIPIT was seen in Penacook on February 12th and 13th.
A few early returning migrants were reported during the past week, including WOOD DUCK, RING-NECKED DUCK, KILLDEER, FISH CROW, COMMON GRACKLE, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD.
Lingering migrants reported during the past week included: TURKEY VULTURE, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, AMERICAN KESTREL, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, NORTHERN FLICKER, WINTER WREN, HERMIT THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, FIELD SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, and CHIPPING 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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