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This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, November 13, 2023

2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen along Plains Road in Monroe on November 12th.

Two Sandhill Cranes were seen along Plains Road in Monroe on November 12. (Photo by Steve Mirick. Sandhill Cranes in Nottingham, NH. September 2020.)

3 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were reported from the north end of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 6th.

2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen at Meadow Pond on November 6th, and a LESSER YELLOWLEGS was seen at Hampton Marsh on November 12th.

A DUNLIN was seen at Little Sunapee Lake on November 10th through the 12th, 1 was seen at Tullando Farm in Orford on the 12th, and 1 was seen in wetlands in Keene on the 10th and 11th.

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen at wetlands in Keene, and 1 was seen at Upper Suncook Lake in Barnstead, both on November 10th, 11th, and 12th.

A SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was seen at Upper Suncook Lake in Barnstead, on November 9th and 10th. A flock of 20 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS was seen in coastal Seabrook on November 10th.

A COMMON GALLINULE was seen at Eel Pond in Rye on November 8th to 12th.

A female KING EIDER continues to be seen in Rye, often from the second pullout on Route 1A just south of Odiorne Point State Park. It was last reported on November 10th.

A few single BRANT were seen at scattered locations during the past week, including Woodsville, Whitefield, and Haverhill.

A REDHEAD was seen at Lake Massabesic on November 11th and 12th, and 1 was seen from East Wilder Road in Lebanon on the 11th.

A NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen at Hermit Lake in Sanbornton on November 7th, 1 was seen at Upper Suncook Lake in Barnstead on the 9th, and 1 was seen from Airport Road in Whitefield on the 12th.

2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL were reported from Eel Pond in Rye on November 10th.

25 WOOD DUCKS were counted at NH Audubon’s Thompson Sanctuary in Sandwich on November 12th.

A RED-THROATED LOON was seen on Lake Winnipesaukee from the Meredith Bay Docks on November 10th.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at Eel Pond in Rye on November 12th.

At least 2 GREAT EGRETS were seen along the coast during the past week.

A birder on a boat cruise to Jeffrey’s Ledge reported 3 RAZORBILLS, 6 DOVEKIES, 2 NORTHERN FULMARS, and a GREAT SHEARWATER all on November 6th.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at Tuscan Village in Salem on November 12th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on November 11th.

A BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen at Little Sunapee Lake in New London, and 1 was seen at Lake Waukewan in Meredith, both on November 11th and 12th,

A LAUGHING GULL was seen along the coast on several days during the past week.

A flock of 34 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen at the Randolph Town Forest on November 12th, and a single bird was seen in Errol on November 9th.

45 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from Pack Monadnock, 12 were reported from New London, 10 were reported from Danbury, 8 were reported from Hancock, and there were several sightings of 1-2 reported from scattered locations, all during the past week.

6 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from Pack Monadnock during the past week, and 3 were seen along Route 26 west of Dixville Notch on November 10th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the Ines and Fredrick Yeatts Wildlife Sanctuary in Warren on November 12th.

A NORTHERN ROUGH -WINGED SWALLOW and a BARN SWALLOW were seen at Rye Harbor State Park on November 11th.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen at The Nature Conservancy’s Lamprey River Preserve in Durham on November 11th.

3 BLACK VULTURES were seen in Westmoreland, 2 BLACK VULTURES were seen in Hudson, and 3 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in Durham, all November 11th.

Single GOLDEN EAGLES were seen from Pack Monadnock on November 8th and 10th, and 1 was seen at Randolph Town Forest on November 12th.

Hawk migration observation started in late August, and observers have counted over 13,000 raptors (mainly BROAD-WINGED HAWKS) from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory since then. Be sure to visit and help the official counters!

Additional lingering migrant species reported during the past week included: OSPREY, AMERICAN GOSHAWK, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, MARSH WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, RED-EYED VIREO, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, HERMIT THRUSH, PINE WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, OVENBIRD, PALM WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, INDIGO BUNTING, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, GRAY CATBIRD, FISH CROW, FIELD SPARROW, VESPER 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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