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This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 18th, 2021

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 18th, 2021.

2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen at Mile Long Pond in Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge in Errol on October 17th, and one was seen in the Hampton Salt Marsh Conservation Area on October 15th,16th, and 17th, 2021. (Photo from allaboutbirds.org, by Sulli Gibson.)

2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 4 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, a PECTORAL SANDPIPER, and 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS were seen at Mile Long Pond in Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge in Errol on October 17th.

A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen in the Hampton Salt Marsh Conservation Area on October 15th,16th, and 17th.

A GREAT CORMORANT was seen at Pontook Reservoir in Dummer on several days during the past week.

A COMMON GALLINULE was seen at West Massabesic Lake in Manchester on October 11th, and 1 was seen at World End Pond in Salem on the 17th.

An AMERICAN COOT was seen at Eel Pond in Rye on October 17th.

13 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 24 RED-NECKED GREBES, 52 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 1 LESSER SCAUP, and numerous WOOD DUCKS and AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS were seen at Cherry Pond in Jefferson on October 17th.

A male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen on Dorrs Pond in Manchester, and a male LESSER SCAUP was seen from Johnson’s Beach at Lake Massabesic in Manchester, both on October 17th.

A GREAT EGRET was seen along the Connecticut River in Cornish on October 15th.

2 LAUGHING GULLS were seen along the coast at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 17th.

3 SANDHILL CRANES continued to be seen during the past week in the fields near the intersection of Route 156 and Ledge Farm Road in Nottingham, and were last reported on October 17th. A single SANDHILL CRANE was seen along Pine Hill Road in Hollis on the 13th.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen along Power House Road in Gorham on October 15th, 1 was seen at Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge on the 16th, and 1 was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 17th.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Freedom Town Forest on October 13th.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at Witch Island in Hampton on October 12th.

A CAPE MAY WARBLER was seen in Hanover on October 12th, and a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was seen in Rochester on the 16th.

Single NASHVILLE WARBLERS were reported from Conway. Rochester, and Rye during the past week.

2 PINE WARBLERS were seen in Fremont on October 15th, 1 was seen in Auburn on the 17th, 1 was seen in Brentwood on the 14th, and 1 was seen in Newington on the 16th.

2 RED CROSSBILLS were reported from the Dublin School in Dublin on October 12th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, 1 was seen at Goss Farm in Rye, and 1 was seen in the fields behind Buffalo Wild Wings on Loudon Road in Concord, all on October 17th.

A DICKCISSEL was reported from Old Mill Road in Lee on October 16th.

2 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen in Plainfield on October 13th, and a FOX SPARROW was reported from Lee on the 12th.

2 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS were reported from Peterborough on October 14th.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen in Hanover on October 13th. A RED-EYED VIREO was seen in Rochester on the 14th, and 1 was seen in New London on the 15th.

4 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on October 15th, and a BARN SWALLOW was seen at Hampton Salt Marsh on the 17th.

A HOUSE WREN was seen in Strafford on October 13th, and 1 was seen in Penacook on the 17th. A MARSH WREN was seen in Unity on the 15th.

There was an unconfirmed report of a LONG-EARED OWL from Center Harbor on October 17th.

Hawk migration is under way and observers have already counted over 8,574 raptors from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory. Be sure to visit and help the official counters!

A late-migrating BROAD-WINGED HAWK was reported from Orford on October 15th.

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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