This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 26th, 2021.
A SNOWY OWL was photographed along Route 16 in Ossipee on July 22nd and 25th. SNOWY OWLS normally only occur in New Hampshire during the winter months.
A LARK BUNTING was seen at a private residence in Hudson on July 17th, 19th, 20th, and 21st, but has not been seen since then.
MISSISSIPPI KITES continue to be seen in Durham, Newmarket, Greenland, and Stratham, where they have nested in past years.
A family of nesting MERLINS was reported from Concord on July 22nd.
Several LEAST BITTERNS continue to be seen in the Cranberry Pond wetlands located behind the Price Chopper shopping center on Route 12A in West Lebanon and 1 was last reported on July 25th.
A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at the Westmoreland boat launch along the Connecticut River on July 20th.
A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at the Little River along Appledore Avenue in North Hampton on July 20th.
An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen at Boulter’s Cove in North Hampton on July 22nd.
A GREAT EGRET was seen in wet fields along Beard Brook in East Washington on July 21st, and 1was seen at Reeds Marsh in Orford on the 26th.
An ATLANTIC PUFFIN, 2 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, and 2 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen at the Isles of Shoals during the past week by field biologists working for the Shoals Marine Lab Tern Conservation Program.
A birder on a Granite State Whale Watch cruise out of Rye Harbor on July 23rd reported: a LEACH’S STORM-PETREL, 75 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS, 5 GREAT SHEARWATERS, 1 MANX SHEARWATER, an ATLANTIC PUFFIN, and 6 NORTHERN GANNETS.
Several PIPING PLOVER and LEAST TERN chicks continue to be reported from Hampton Beach and Seabrook Beach. If you visit those beaches, tread carefully as these birds can be difficult to see and are sensitive to disturbance.
A RED CROSSBILL was reported from Temple Mountain on July 26th.
A FOX SPARROW was reported from the Caps Ridge Trail off of Jefferson Notch Road in the White Mountains on July 22nd.
2 ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen at the Westmoreland boat launch along the Connecticut River on July 21st.
A MOURNING WARBLER was reported from Stoddard on July 22nd.
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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