Date: 3/13/17 6:34 pm From: Mark Suomala <mrsuomala...> Subject: [NHBirds] Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, March 13, 2017
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, March 13th,
A GREAT GRAY OWL was discovered in Newport on February 25th, was relocated
on March 1st, and has been seen every day since then. To look for the bird,
take Route 10 to
Haserlet Park on Corbin Road, near the Newport Airport. If the bird is not
present, drive to Oak Street and drive about 0.3 miles to the rail trail
located on the north side of Oak Street just past Kyle Drive. The bird has
sometimes been seen hunting in the fields located on the east side of the
rail trail about 0.1-0.2 miles north of Oak Street. The most reliable
viewing time is late afternoon. When you park, be sure not to block
driveways and respect privacy. Stay off the airport runway, Please do not
approach the owl too closely, do not play recordings, and do not disturb it.
For more about owl viewing etiquette, open this link (originally written to
apply for Snowy Owls, but also applicable to Great Gray Owls):
A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th and it has been
seen many times since then. It was last reported on March 11th. The bird has
been seen visiting a birdfeeder on the side of a house at 117 Westport
Village Road and has been visible from the road. The house is very close to
the road, which is very busy with little room for parking. The best option
may be to park on the southeast side of the road between Depot Road and
Sandy Road just south of the feeder location and walk to the feeders. Be
sure to leave adequate room for large trucks to get by and do not block any
driveways. Please be respectful of the neighbors. The bird has usually been
seen very early in the morning. It has also been seen across the street and
along Depot Road and Sandy Road.
An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported from a birdfeeder located
behind a house in Epping on February 12th, and it has been seen nearly every
day since then. It was last reported on March 12th.
A EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH was photographed at a birdfeeder in Fremont on March
7th. This is most likely a released cage-bird and not of wild origin.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in fields north of Oak Street in Newport on March
2 ICELAND GULLS were seen at Rockingham Park in Salem on March 8th.
BOHEMIAN WAXWING sightings during the past week included: 200 in Meredith on
March 13th, 150 in Moultonborough on the 13th, 50 in Wolfeboro on the 13th,
22 in Plymouth on the 10th, 200 in New London on the 10th, and 1 in Concord
on the 9th.
2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, 1500 CANADA GEESE, 6 GADWALL, and 4 NORTHERN
PINTAILS were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on March 8th, and a
male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen here on the 13th.
10 WOOD DUCKS, 110 HOODED MERGANSERS, 90 COMMON MERGANSERS, 11 NORTHERN
PINTAILS, 14 AMERICAN WIGEONS, 150 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 300 MALLARDS, a
GADWALL, 11 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 120 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 2 GREATER SCAUP, 6
BUFFLEHEADS, and 30 COMMON GOLDENEYES were seen in the Connecticut River
valley between Hinsdale and Charlestown on March 10th.
A SNOW GOOSE was seen in Charlestown in the Great Meadow area on March 8th
and 12th. Also present on the 12th were an AMERICAN WIGEON, a NORTHERN
PINTAIL, a GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 6 RING-NECKED DUCKS, and a BUFFLEHEAD.
3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and an AMERICAN WIGEON were seen on Horseshoe Pond in
Merrimack on March 8th.
2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen at Dover Point in Dover on March 13th.
A GREAT BLUE HERON was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on March 8th.
A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in Nashua on March 8th.
A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen in Pittsfield on March 9th, and 1 was seen in
Salem on the 7th.
There were several FOX SPARROW sightings during the past week, and an
over-wintering CHIPPING SPARROW continues to be seen in Pittsfield.
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