Date: 12/24/18 6:15 pm From: Mark Suomala <mrsuomala...> Subject: [NHBirds] Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, December 24, 2018
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, December 24th,
An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was photographed in coastal Rye on December 11th,
and then re-discovered in Little Harbor between Rye and New Castle on the
14th. It is still being seen in Little Harbor and was last reported on the
24th. To try to see the bird, the best viewing has been from the Wentworth
By The Sea Marina in Little Harbor. The Marina is on Route 1B in New Castle
adjacent to the Wentworth By The Sea hotel. Birders are welcome during
regular hours, but first check in at the Marina office. You can park in the
public parking lot and walk down the boardwalk to the Marina office.
A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on
December 19th and 20th, but has not been relocated since them. The treatment
plant is gated and the hours of operation are 7:30-3:00 on weekdays. If you
visit, please park and check in at the office and be out of the plant by
2:45 so that plant personnel do not have to ask birders to leave. Do not
drive on the dikes and do not block the road. The Trails at Pickering Ponds,
located east of the plant, are not gated, and are always open during
A SNOW GOOSE continues to be seen in coastal Rye and North Hampton and was
last reported on December 16th.
2 DOVEKIES were seen along the coast in Rye on December 21st.
A male GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen on the Androscoggin River in Gorham on
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was discovered at Woodmont Orchard off of Woodmont Drive
in Hollis on December 21st, and was seen there again on the 22nd, 23rd, and
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on December 24th,
and an AMERICAN PIPIT was seen at Rye Harbor State Park on the 22nd.
A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT continues to be seen at Odiorne Point State Park in
Rye, and was last reported on December 20th.
A flock of 60 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was reported from New London on December
18th, and again on the 23rd, and a flock of 12 was seen in Laconia on the
23rd.The flocks were foraging on crabapple trees.
COMMON REDPOLLS, PINE GROSBEAKS, EVENING GROSBEAKS and PINE SISKINS were
reported from scattered locations during the past week, and sightings seem
to be increasing in number. Of particular note were a flock of 35 PINE
GROSBEAKS seen in Bethlehem, and a flock of 40 PINE GROSBEAKS seen in
Gorham, all on December 23rd.
A MERLIN and a PEREGRINE FALCON were seen in Concord on December 24th.
Lingering migrant species reported during the past week included: FISH CROW,
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, FOX SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, HERMIT THRUSH, GRAY
CATBIRD, and WINTER WREN.
Highlights from the Keene Christmas Bird Count held on December 16th
included: a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, a GREAT BLUE HERON, a NORTHERN SAW-WHET
OWL, an AMERICAN KESTREL, 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS, 27 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, a
COMMON GRACKLE, a FOX SPARROW, and 71 EVENING GROSBEAKS.
Highlights from the Pittsburg Christmas Bird Count held on December 20th
included: a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 2 BARRED OWLS, a BOHEMIAN WAXWING, 8 RED
CROSSBILLS, 72 PINE GROSBEAKS, 18 GRAY JAYS, 12 BOREAL CHICKADEES, and a
Highlights from the Lee/Durham Christmas Bird Count held on December 22nd
included: a ROSS’S GOOSE, a PEREGRINE FALCON, 3 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, an
EVENING GROSBEAK, 2 COMMON REDPOLLS, 3 GLAUCOUS GULLS, 6 ICELAND GULLS, a
GRAY CATBIRD, 2 NORTHERN SHRIKES, a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 2 FOX
SPARROWS, and 3 SWAMP SPARROWS.
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