This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert

October 05. 2012 9:56PM

Two sandhill cranes were seen migrating over the Hanover Country Club Sept. 29, and another one was reported from Epsom on the 28th.

A Connecticut warbler was reported from Hinsdale Sept. 29.

A clay-colored sparrow was seen at the entrance to Hampton Beach State Park Oct. 2.

An immature common gallinule was seen at World End Pond in Salem Sept. 26, and again on the 27th and 30th, and an American coot was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant Sept. 29, and again on Oct. 2.

A Caspian tern was seen in Hampton Harbor Sept. 27, and another one was seen there Oct. 2.

Ten Forster's terns were seen in Hampton Harbor Sept. 29.

A black-headed gull was reported from the coast Oct. 2.

A lesser black-backed gull was seen in Hampton Harbor, and one was seen in coastal Rye, both on Sept. 29.

Twenty pectoral sandpipers were seen at World End Pond in Salem Sept. 29, and five were seen at Copps Pond in Tuftonboro Oct. 2.

A gadwall was reported from the coast Sept. 29.

A black-crowned night-heron was reported from Pittsfield Sept. 29, and a sora and four Wilson's snipes were seen at World End Pond in Salem Sept. 30.

Twelve pied-billed grebes were counted at Copps Pond in Tuftonboro Oct. 2.

A flock of nearly 50 American pipits was seen in Rumney Sept. 30 and 32 were reported from the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on the 29th.

Four rusty blackbirds were seen at NH Audubon's Ponemah Bog Sanctuary in Amherst Sept. 29, six were reported from Westmoreland on the 30th, and two were seen at Eel Pond in Rye on the 29th.

A flock of six evening grosbeaks was reported from Hancock Oct. 2.

A Tennessee warbler was seen in Webster.

Twenty-six palm warblers and more than 120 yellow-rumped warblers were tallied at Parker Pond in Hollis Oct. 3.

A late-migrating common nighthawk was reported at Greeley Park in Nashua on Sept. 30.

A late-migrating ruby-throated hummingbird was reported from Manchester Sept. 28, and one was seen in Nashua on the 30th.

There have been several reports of pine siskins, purple finches, and Lincoln's sparrows during the past week.

Raptor migration is under way with over 10,400 (including a Swainson's hawk Sept. 10) already reported from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and nearly 5,000(including a black vulture Sept. 21) reported from the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord, all since Aug. 25. Be sure to visit these observatories this fall season to help out with the count!

Twenty-five thrushes were heard migrating at night and identified by their flight-calls, including 18 Swainson's thrushes, two possible Bicknell's thrushes, two veerys, A hermit thrush, and two wood thrushes, all in Pittsfield Sept. 29.

A deceased yellow-breasted chat was found in Hampton Sept. 28.

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: 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,

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