This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 7th, 2022.
A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was discovered at a private residence in Hampton on February 3rd, and was seen again on the 5th, 6th, and 7th.
An immature GOLDEN EAGLE was photographed at Great Bay from Adam’s Point in Durham on January 26th, and it was reported again on February 5th, 6th, and 7th.
2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, a light morph and a dark morph, were seen hunting in fields along Pickering Road and Sixth Street in Rochester on February 6th.
3 SNOWY OWLS continue to be seen along the coast in Seabrook, Hampton, and Rye, and another SNOWY OWL continues to be seen on buildings and light-posts in and around Fort Eddy Plaza and Stickney Avenue in Concord.
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 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 3 GLAUCOUS GULLS, and 6 ICELAND GULLS were seen at the Rochester Waste Water Treatment Plant on February 2nd. The treatment plant is gated and the hours of operation are 7:30-2:00 on weekdays only.
If you visit, park in a designated parking space in front of the office 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.
At least 1 GLAUCOUS GULL and 1 ICELAND GULL were seen along the coast during the past week.
A THICK-BILLED MURRE was seen from Fort Constitution in New Castle, and 1 was seen from Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, both on February 5th.
A RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Adams Point in Durham on February 1st.
2 SNOW GEESE were seen at Chapman’s Landing and nearby fields, and at the Newfields Town Landing during the past week.
A male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was photographed on the Androscoggin River in Errol on February 1st. 2 male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES and 2 pairs of BUFFLEHEADS were seen from Stark Landing on the Merrimack River in Manchester on February 6th.
A NORTHERN PINTAIL continued to be seen at wetlands at the Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Swanzey during the past week, and was last reported on February 4th. A RING-NECKED DUCK was seen on Lake Winnipesauke in Meredith on February 6th.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near a marsh along Arboretum Drive, and located just before the entrance gate to Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge, on February 6th, and 1 was seen along Route 108 in East Kingston on the 1st.
A DICKCISSEL was seen along South Road in East Kingston on February 5th and 7th.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen near 84 Clough Drive in Portsmouth during the past week and was last reported on February 5th, and 1 was seen on Noyes Street in Concord on the 4th.
A FOX SPARROW was seen on Lincoln Drive in Bow on February 4th and 5th, and 1 was seen on Palm Drive in Greenland on the 1st.
8 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen at Great Bay Farm in Greenland, and 2 “IPSWICH” SAVANNAH SPARROWS were seen at Hampton Beach State Park, all on February 5th.
3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, 22 SNOW BUNTINGS, and 37 HORNED LARKS were seen at Pinnacle Lane in Walpole during the past week.
A flock of 16 HORNED LARKS was seen at the Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Swanzey on February 6th.
A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER continues to be seen in Mont Vernon.
A BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen on Great Bay Road in Greenland on February 2nd.
A BROWN THRASHER was seen again in Conway on February 6th, and 1 was seen again in Keene on the 1st.
A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen again at Bicentennial Park in Hampton on February 5th.
4 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from Bretton Woods in the White Mountains on February 2nd.
5 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at Silver Lake in Nelson on February 6th.
A COMMON REDPOLL was seen in Meredith on February 6th.
There were a few reports of green morph PINE SISKINS during the past week.
Lingering migrants reported during the past week included: TURKEY VULTURE, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, FISH CROW, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, NORTHERN FLICKER, WINTER WREN, HERMIT THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, FIELD SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, and CHIPPING SPARROW.
Backyard Winter Bird Survey
The Annual Backyard Winter Bird Survey takes place the second weekend in February and is coordinated by NH Audubon. Participants report any bird species visiting their yard and/or feeders in New Hampshire. Click here to learn more about the Survey, how to participate, past results, and other information.
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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