Date: 2/27/17 8:40 pm From: Mark Suomala <mrsuomala...> Subject: [NHBirds] Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, February 27, 2017
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, February 27th,
A TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was discovered in Orford on February 23rd, where it
was seen and photographed by several birders. It has not been relocated.
An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported from a birdfeeder located
behind a house in Epping on February 12th, and it has been seen every day
since then. It was last reported on the 26th.
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen at the Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Swanzey on
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along Warren Street in Plymouth on February 26th.
An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on
15 BRANT and 2 RAZORBILLS were seen along the coast in Rye on February 25th.
2 GADWALL were seen at Jackson’s Landing in Durham on February 22nd.
A pair of NORTHERN SHOVELERS was seen on Great Bay, and 6 NORTHERN PINTAILS
were seen in North Hampton, all on February 25th.
24 LESSER SCAUP were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at Chickering Farm in Westmoreland on February
A flock of 6 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen in Durham on February 21st, and 3 were
seen in Rye on the 25th.
3 PINE GROSBEAKS were seen in Milan on February 25th, and 2 were seen in
Errol on the 27th.
BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included: 60 in Sunapee on
February 21st, 20 in Plymouth on the 23rd, 60 in Hanover on the 24th, 22 in
New London on the 25th, 100 in Gorham on the 25th, and 1 in Errol on the
An estimated 50 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen visiting a birdfeeder at a
private residence in Cornish on February 26th, and approximately 30 were
seen between Gorham and Errol on the 25th.
A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was seen in Errol on February 25th.
An AMERICAN PIPIT was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on February 23rd,
3 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were seen near Little Cherry Pond on February
24th, and 2 more were seen at Mud Pond on the 25th, all at the Pondicherry
National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson.
2 GRAY JAYS were seen at the summit of Wildcat Mountain on February 24th.
TURKEY VULTURE sightings during the past week included 9 in Nashua, 10 in
Durham, and 8 in Plymouth.
FISH CROW sightings during the past week included over 50 in Salem.
A GRAY CATBIRD was seen in Westmoreland on February 23rd.
Many early-returning migrants including COMMON GRACKLES, RED-WINGED
BLACKBIRDS, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, BELTED KINGFISHERS, AMERICAN WOODCOCK,
and KILLDEER have accompanied unseasonably warm weather during the past
Raptor activity is on the rise as many are courting and establishing
territories. Species reported during the past week included: AMERICAN
KESTREL, MERLIN, PEREGRINE FALCON, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, COOPER’S HAWK,
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, NORTHERN HARRIER, and BALD EAGLE.
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 e-mail at:
<birdsetc...> Please put either "bird sighting" or "Rare Bird
Alert" in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and
phone number. The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon
web site, www.nhaudubon.org