New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird AlertOctober 12. 2012 6:58PM
A western kingbird was seen along Route 127 in West Hopkinton near the junction of Clement Hill Road Oct. 6, but was not relocated.
A lark sparrow was seen along the north edge of the parking lot at Hampton Beach State Park Oct. 4.
A clay-colored sparrow was reported from a private residence in Rochester on Oct. 5, two were seen on Goss Farm Conservation Land in Rye on the 7th, one was seen at Moore Fields in Durham also on the 7th, and two were seen at the parking lot located on the north end of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 10th.
A dickcissel was reported from Great Boar's Head in Hampton Oct. 8.
A Lapland longspur was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye Oct. 4 and two were seen in the field behind the Concord Post Office on Oct. 8.
An orange-crowned warbler was seen on Bog Road in Enfield Oct. 7, and one was seen at the Urban Forestry Center property in Portsmouth Oct. 5.
A yellow-breasted chat was seen at the edge of the parking lot located at Church Street in Hampton Oct. 4 and 5, one was seen at Great Boar's Head in Rye on the 5th and 8th, and one was seen off Old Beach Road in Rye on the 5th.
Ten Caspian terns were seen migrating along the coast Oct. 4, two were seen on the 6th, and one was seen on the 8th.
Twelve Forster's terns were seen in Hampton Harbor Oct. 8.
Three lesser black-backed gulls and a laughing gull were seen in Eel Pond in Rye Oct. 7.
A lesser black-backed gull was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye Oct. 10.
A yellow-crowned night-heron was seen along Cross Beach Road in Seabrook Oct. 7 and 8, and a flock of more than 25 black-crowned night herons was seen in Hampton Marsh Oct. 8.
Nineteen snowy egrets were seen in Meadow Pond in Hampton on Oct. 5, and 35 great egrets were tallied in Hampton Marshes Oct. 7.
A stilt sandpiper was seen in Meadow Pond in Hampton Oct. 7.
An American golden plover was reported from Rye Oct. 6, one was seen at the fields behind the Concord Post Office on the 8th, and six were seen at Sherman Farm in Conway on the 10th.
Five northern shovelers were reported from the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson Oct. 7, and a female northern shoveler was seen on Eel Pond in Rye Oct. 6.
A ruddy duck was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant Oct. 6.
Four American wigeon and 16 greater scaup were seen along the coast Oct. 4, and six northern pintails were seen along the coast on the 5th.
A horned grebe was seen on Dodge Pond in Lyman Oct. 6, and five pied-billed grebes were seen at Copps Pond in Tuftonboro Oct. 9.
A yellow-billed cuckoo was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye Oct. 4.
A late-migrating least flycatcher was seen off of Island Path in Hampton Oct. 4, a late migrating trail's flycatcher was seen at the Urban Forestry Center property in Portsmouth Oct. 5, and another one was seen behind the Concord Post Office Oct. 8.
Three Tennessee warblers were seen in coastal Hampton Oct. 5.
More than 100 American pipits, 32 horned larks, and two bobolinks were seen at Sherman Farm in Conway on Oct. 10.
A late-migrating ruby-throated hummingbird was reported from Crawford Notch in the White Mountains Oct. 7.
There have been many reports of pine siskins, purple finches, white-throated sparrows, white-crowned sparrows, Lincoln's sparrows, swamp sparrows, song sparrows, and chipping sparrows during the past week.
Raptor migration is under way with more than 10,974 (including a Swainson's hawk Sept. 10) already reported from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and nearly 5,815(including a black vulture Sept. 21, and a golden eagle Oct. 6) 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.
This message 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 on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon web site, www.nhaudubon.org.