Date: 9/4/17 7:28 pm From: Mark Suomala <mrsuomala...> Subject: [NHBirds] Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, September 4, 2017
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, September 4th,
A female MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye
on September 4th. It was seen foraging low in goldenrod along the Boy Scout
Trail. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen in the same general area, also on the
2 DICKCISSELS were seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on September 4th.
A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was seen at the Little River Salt Marsh in North
Hampton on August 29th.
A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen at the Lancaster Wastewater Treatment Plant
on August 27th, and has continued to be seen through the past week. It was
last reported on September 3rd.
2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment
Plant on September 2nd. The Plant is closed to birders during the week and
is only open to birders on weekends if there are no workers present.
A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen at North Hampton State Beach on September
A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen at Copps Pond in Tuftonboro on August 29th.
A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen at the Charlestown Wastewater Treatment Plant
on August 30th.
A BLACK TERN was seen at the Pickering Ponds in Rochester on September 3rd
Birders scanning the ocean from Rye Harbor State Park on September 3rd
reported many migrating birds moving south. Highlights included: a NORTHERN
PINTAIL, a CORY'S SHEARWATER, a GREAT SHEARWATER, 680 NORTHERN GANNETS, 12
LAUGHING GULLS, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and a FORSTER'S TERN.
A family group of 2 adult SANDHILL CRANES and a young SANDHILL CRANE were
seen in fields along Plains Road in Monroe on September 4th. If you look for
these birds, do not enter the fields, as they are private property.
A SANDHILL CRANE has been seen on multiple days during the past week in
fields along Rollins Road in the vicinity of the Anderson Farm in
Rollinsford. It was last reported on September 2nd.
2 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and 16 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in
the dunes along Route 1A in Seabrook on September 2nd.
An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON has been present at the Pickering Ponds in
Rochester during the past week, and was last reported on August 31st.
A GREAT EGRET was seen in Columbia on September 1st, and 1 was seen in
Hinsdale on the 4th.
A RED-NECKED GREBE was reported from Mascoma Lake on September 2nd.
A GREAT CORMORANT was seen below the Wilder Dam on the Connecticut River on
A BICKNELL’S THRUSH was reported from Mount Washington on September 2nd.
2 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were reported from the Pondicherry National
Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on September 2nd.
A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen in Freedom on August 30th.
There were numerous reports of migrating mixed-species flocks of WARBLERS
during the past week. Highlights included numerous CAPE MAY WARBLERS,
TENNESSEE WARBLERS, and BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS reported from scattered
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and/or RED CROSSBILLS were reported from
Peterborough, Freedom, Effingham, Bethlehem, and Lempster during the past
A COMMON SHELDUCK of unknown origin was photographed in Rye on August 13th.
It has been seen every day during the past week in pools located in the salt
marshes on the west side of Route 1A just south of Odiorne Point State Park
in Rye, and was last reported on September 4th. Speculation is that this may
be an escaped captive-raised bird. However, there is also the possibility
that this is a vagrant wild bird. The duck refuses to comment so we will
probably never know its true origin, but it is free for all to admire.
COMMON NIGHTHAWK southbound migration continues, and there were several
reports during the past week. Highlights included: 92 in Freedom on August
29th, 300 in Westmoreland on the 30th, 1,050 in Concord on the 30th, 125 in
Nashua on the 30th, 100 in Charlestown on the 30th, 1,399 in Hancock on the
30th, 75 in Bradford on September 2nd, 740 in Hancock on the 2nd, 156 in
Concord on the 2nd, 207 in Amherst on the 4th, 50 in New London on the 4th,
50 in Hooksett on the 4th, 137 in Hancock on the 4th, and 477 in Concord on
RAPTOR migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at
the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and at the
Carter Hill Observatory in Concord. Be sure to visit these New Hampshire
Audubon staffed observatories this fall season to help out with the counts!
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