Date: 1/7/19 5:18 pm From: Mark Suomala <mrsuomala...> Subject: [NHBirds] Rare Bird Alert, New Hampshire, January 7, 2019
This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 7th,
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 was last reported on January 2nd, 2019. To try to see the bird, the
best viewing has been from the Wentworth By The Sea Marina in Little Harbor,
located 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. Another possible vantage point is the boat
launch at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye.
An immature male TUFTED DUCK, and a male NORTHERN SHOVELER were both seen at
the Exeter Wastewater Plant on January 5th and 6th. The treatment plant is
only open to birders on weekends.
An adult male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE continues to be seen near Stark Landing on
the Merrimack River in Manchester, and was last reported on January 7th. A
female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE continues to be seen on the Connecticut River
between White River Junction and Lebanon and was last reported on January
7th when it was seen from Lyman Point Park.
A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen on the coast at Bicentennial Park in
Hampton on January 1st.
2 BUFFLEHEADS were seen at Field’s Grove City Park in Nashua on January 2nd.
A male GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues to be seen on the Androscoggin River in
Gorham and was last reported on January 5th. This is an unusually far north
and inland occurrence for this species in winter. A female GREEN-WINGED TEAL
was reported from Keene, also on the 5th.
4 SNOW GEESE were seen in fields along Roberts Road in Rollinsford on
January 4th and 5th, and a single SNOW GOOSE continues to be seen along the
coast and was last reported on the 6th.
2 RAZORBILLS were seen from Great Island Common in New Castle on January
A GOLDEN EAGLE was photographed in Westmoreland on January 6th.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in Sandwich, and 1 was seen in Chesterfield, both
on January 3rd.
A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT continues to be seen at Odiorne Point State Park in
Rye, and was last reported on January 5th.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen in Seabrook on January 1st.
Over 235 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen foraging on crabapple trees in New
London, and more than 20 were seen foraging in Plymouth, all on January 6th.
PINE GROSBEAKS, and EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported from scattered locations
during the past week, and sightings seem to be increasing in number. Of
particular note was a flock of 10 PINE GROSBEAKS seen in New London on
January 5th, and a flock of 50 EVENING GROSBEAKS seen in Milan on the 1st.
A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen at Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge
in Jefferson on December 31st.
A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in North Sutton on January 6th.
Lingering migrant species reported during the past week included: GREAT BLUE
HERON, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, HERMIT THRUSH, WINTER
WREN, TURKEY VULTURE, MERLIN, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, NORTHERN FLICKER,
GRAY CATBIRD, SWAMP SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW, CHIPPING SPARROW, FOX
SPARROW, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.
Highlights from the Lake Sunapee Christmas Bird Count held on January 1st
included: a GREAT CORMORANT, 218 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, 5 PINE GROSBEAKS, and 15
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