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This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, October 3, 2022

3 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen at the Isles of Shoals on September 27th.

A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was seen in Hampton Marsh on September 30th.

A WILLET was seen along the coast in Rye on September 30th.

3 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis, and 3 were seen at the south end of Pease International Trade Port runways, all on October 3rd.

3 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen at the Isles of Shoals on September 27, 2022. (Photo by Jim Sparrell, May 2022.)

A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen at Moore Fields along Route 155A in Durham on October 1st.

A female KING EIDER that was first seen from Pulpit Rocks in Rye on May 22nd is still being seen along the coast in Rye, and was last reported on October 2nd.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 3 LAUGHING GULLS were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 1st’

A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen at Deer Hill Wildlife Management Area in Brentwood on September 27th and 28th.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at the Thorne Pond Conservation Area in Bartlett on October 3rd, 1 was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 29th, 1 was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on the 28th, and 1 was seen at Woodridge Park in Durham on the 28th.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen on Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, on September 30th, and 1 was seen at South Mill Pond in Portsmouth on October 2nd.

As many as 6 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were seen on Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, during the past week. The most recent report was of 2 on October 1st. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at Krif Road in Keene on October 1st, 1 was seen at Goss Farm in Rye on September 30th, 1 was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on the 29th, and 1 was seen at Highland Avenue in Salem on the 28th. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at the Concord Community Gardens on Birch Street on several days during the past week and was last reported on October 2nd.

A LARK SPARROW was seen on Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, on September 28th, 29th, and 30th, and October 1st.

A SEASIDE SPARROW was seen on Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, on September 27th.

A FOX SPARROW was seen in Penacook on October 3rd.

1-2 DICKCISSELS were reported from Goss Farm in Rye, Green Wagon Farm in Keene, Woodmont Orchard in Hollis, and Star Island, all during the past week.

A flock of 22 RED CROSSBILLS was reported from Proctor Hill Road in Hollis on October 1st, and a single bird was reported from Salem on September 28th.

A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen at the South Street Cemetery in Portsmouth on September 27th.

A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on October 1st.

A BANK SWALLOW and 3 BARN SWALLOWS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on October 1st. There is no vehicle access. Park outside the gate and walk-in only.

A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 29th and 30th.

A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was seen in Sandwich on the 29th, 1 was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 29th, and 1 was seen on Star Island on the 29th and 30th.

A single COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on September 29th and 30th, and a CHIMNEY SWIFT was seen in Raymond on the 28th.

A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Elbow Pond in Woodstock on September 27th.

A YELLOW-THROATED VIREO was seen at Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Newington on September 30th.

Migrants are on the move and there have been several reports during the past week of: BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, WOOD THRUSH, and VEERY.

There were 10 sightings of single RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS from scattered locations during the past week.

6 EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES and 6 LEAST FLYCATCHERS were reported from scattered locations during the past week.

2 BLACK VULTURES were seen flying over Alton Bay on September 28th.

Hawk migration observation has started and observers have counted over 10,788 raptors (mainly BROAD-WINGED HAWKS) 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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