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This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 11th, 2021

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 11th, 2021.

A LEACH’S STORM-PETREL was photographed along the coast at Rye Harbor State Park on October 9th.

Birders on a boat cruise to Jeffrey’s Ledge reported a COMMON MURRE, 2 RAZORBILLS, and an ATLANTIC PUFFIN all on October 11th.

A flock of 24 SANDHILL CRANES was seen flying over Orford on October 8th.

A flock of approximately 50 AMERICAN PIPITS was seen at Morrill Farm in Penacook on October 9, 2021. (Photo: American Pipit, by Johanna Vienneau.)

3 SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the field east of Route 156 and south of Ledge Farm Road in Nottingham on October 9th, and a family of 3 continues to be seen along Plains Road in Monroe, and was last reported on the 9th.

A juvenile LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen at Witch Island in Hampton on October 8th.

29 SNOWY EGRETS were seen along the coast on October 8th.

A RED KNOT was seen in Rye Harbor on October 9th, and a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen in Hampton Marsh on the 11th.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 4 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, and a DUNLIN were photographed at Lake Umbagog in Errol on October 10th.

A LEAST SANDPIPER was seen in Orford on October 9th, 3 were seen in Exeter on the 9th, and 1 was seen in Rochester on the 7th.

2 RED-THROATED LOONS were seen along the coast in Rye on October 6th, and 2 LAUGHING GULLS were seen along the coast on the 10th.

There was an unconfirmed report of 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS seen along Bedford Road in New Boston on October 9th.

A WHITE-EYED VIREO was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 5th.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 11th, 1 was seen in the Thompson Forest in Durham on the 9th, and 2 were seen Barrett Park in Alexandria on the 9th.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen along the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on October 5th, 1 was seen at the Heads Pond/University Heights/Town Pond conservation area on the 7th, and 1 was seen at Witch Island in Hampton on the 8th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at the Peterborough Wastewater Treatment Plant on October 9th, and again on the 11th.

A NELSON’S SPARROW was seen at the Ash Brook wetland in Keene on several days during the past week, and 1 was seen along the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on October 10th.

A FOX SPARROW was seen in Sandwich on October 7th, and 1 was seen in Jefferson on the 8th.

A DICKCISSEL was reported from the Concord Community Gardens on Birch Street on October 9th.

An AMERICAN COOT was seen in Tuscan Village in Salem on October 5th.

A female NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen at the Unsworth Preserve in Moultonborough on October 10th and 11th.

A LESSER SCAUP was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on October 10th. There is no vehicle access. Park in the parking lot and walk in. No admittance during plant work activities, including weekends. A LESSER SCAUP was reported from Sessions Pond in Dummer on the 4th.

A flock of approximately 50 AMERICAN PIPITS was seen at Morrill Farm in Penacook on October 9th.

2 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from the Caps Ridge Trail off of Jefferson Notch Road in the White Mountains on October 8th, and a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was reported from Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on the 8th.

Lingering migrant species reported during the past week included: BROAD-WINGED HAWK, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, LEAST FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, RED-EYED VIREO, BARN SWALLOW, HOUSE WREN, MARSH WREN, VESPER SPARROW, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, EASTERN TOWHEE, NORTHERN PARULA, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER.

Hawk migration is under way and observers have already counted over 8,194 raptors from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory. Be sure to visit and help the official counters!

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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