This week's Rare Bird Alert
-- A male blue grosbeak, and two black vultures were seen in Nashua May 30, but they have not been relocated.
-- A sandhill crane has returned to Monroe for the 14th year in a row and is being regularly seen in farm fields along Plains Road.
-- An Acadian flycatcher was discovered along railroad tracks north of Horseshoe Pond in Concord May 23, and was last reported on June 3. To look for the bird, walk the railroad track that bisects Horseshoe Pond at the western end of the pond. The track goes straight for about a mile (heading north), then curves to the right and goes through some woods. You will come to a field on the right after about 1.5 miles. Be aware that these are the N.H. State Prison fields, and respect any No Trespassing signs. Look for a row of planted red pines at the edge of the field, and where the row ends at a small pond, listen for the unique 'pizza' call. The bird favors an elm tree adjacent to this small pond and a nearby leafless tree.
-- A clay-colored sparrow continues to be seen from Arboretum Drive in Newington, and was last reported June 5.
-- A least bittern was reported from Surry Lane Marsh in Durham June 1.
-- Two laughing gulls were seen in Hampton Harbor June 2.
-- An Arctic tern, several roseate terns, and a white-rumped sandpiper were seen in Hampton Harbor May 31.
-- A Nelson's sparrow and six saltmarsh sparrows were reported from Chapman's Landing in Stratham May 30.
-- A Tennessee warbler was seen at Beaver Brook Falls in Colebrook June 3.
-- An orchard oriole was seen at the N.H. Fish & Game Bellamy River Wildlife Management Area in Dover June 2, and one was seen near Horseshoe Pond in Concord June 3.
-- A black-billed cuckoo was reported from Lyman June 2.
-- Several Bicknell's thrushes were reported from the top of Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch during the past week.
-- Two black-backed woodpeckers, seven yellow-bellied flycatchers, six gray jays, three ruby-crowned kinglets, a Bicknell's thrush, three Swainson's thrushes, three Nashville warblers, 10 Magnolia warblers, 36 Blackpoll warblers, four Canada warblers, and a purple finch were all reported from the Caps Ridge trailhead and trail on the Jefferson Notch Road in the White Mountains May 31.
-- A spruce grouse, a black-backed woodpecker, three olive-sided flycatchers, several yellow-bellied flycatchers, three Philadelphia vireos, 18 gray jays, 10 Boreal chickadees, a mourning warbler, six bay-breasted warblers, a palm warbler, a Wilson's warbler, a red crossbill, and six white-winged crossbills were reported from Pittsburg, mainly on East Inlet Road and Scott's Bog Road, May 27 and 28.
-- Birders on a New Hampshire Audubon boat trip May 29 to Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals, reported the following highlights: three black-bellied plovers, a semipalmated plover, three lesser yellowlegs, four black guillemots, an olive-sided flycatcher, an eastern wood-pewee, a yellow-bellied flycatcher, an alder flycatcher, two eastern kingbirds, six red-eyed vireos, eight tree swallows, 20 barn swallows, a Swainson's thrush, six gray catbirds, 25 cedar waxwings, four common yellowthroats, eight Magnolia warblers, eight Blackburnian warblers, 10 yellow warblers, two chestnut-sided warblers, five Blackpoll warblers, seven black-throated green warblers, and a Wilson's warbler.
This information is also available by phone recording: call 224-9909 and press 2 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 online at the New Hampshire Audubon web site, www.nhaudubon.org.