New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert

November 23. 2012 6:58PM

A Say's Phoebe was discovered near the Penacook Wastewater Treatment Plant on Nov. 17, and has been seen in the area on every day since then. This is the first occurrence of this species on record for New Hampshire. The bird has been frequenting the treatment plant and some of the surrounding open farm and grazing land. Use the address 33 Penacook St. with Google Maps to locate the treatment plant. There is no sign, but the short access road on the east side of Penacook Road is paved and crosses a railroad track. Park near the plant entrance and walk the railroad tracks along the west side of the plant. Check the tops of posts and fences. Please keep to the roads and railroad tracks, and the grassy areas around the plant. Do not walk into any fenced pasturelands. Watch for farm vehicles and give them the right of way.

A red-necked phalarope was seen at the north edge of Great Boar's Head in Hampton on Nov. 17 and 18.

A female harlequin duck was seen off of the north side of Great Boar's Head in Hampton on Nov. 11, and again on the 17th and 20th.

A northern shrike was reported from Concord on Nov. 18.

An American golden plover has been reported on several days from the parking area at Hampton Beach State Park during the past week. It was first reported on Nov. 15, and most recently reported on the Nov. 19.

Ten purple sandpipers were reported from Rye Harbor on Nov. 17.

A Lapland longspur was reported from Hampton Beach State Park parking lot on Nov. 19.

Eight white-winged crossbills were reported on Nov. 15, and four rusty blackbirds were reported on the 17th, all from Turtle Pond in Concord.

Pine grosbeaks and common redpolls have been reported from many locations during the past week. Pine grosbeak flocks have numbered as high as 40, and common redpoll flocks have numbered as high as 50 or more.

More than 200 snow buntings and 200 horned larks were tallied at the Nashua Airport on Nov. 17.

A flock of 19 snow buntings was seen in New Durham on Nov. 16.

A male gadwall was seen on Meadow Pond in Hampton on Nov. 17.

Nineteen ruddy ducks were reported from Beaver Lake in Derry on Nov. 19, eight were seen on Turtle Pond in Concord on the 15th, and three were seen on Turkey Pond in Concord on the 18th.

Five ruddy ducks, four white-winged scoters, and a black scoter were seen on Cherry Pond at NH Audubon's Pondicherry Wildlife Sanctuary in Jefferson on Nov. 15.

A red-breasted merganser, and a ruddy duck were seen in Childs Bog in Harrisville on Nov. 15.

A red-throated loon, 220 black scoters, and two surf scoters were seen on Lake Sunapee; a red-throated loon, 80 black scoters, two surf scoters, and a long-tailed duck were seen on Newfound Lake; 80 black scoters, two surf scoters, a white-winged scoter, and a long-tailed duck were seen on Lake Winnisquam; and a ruddy duck was seen on Lily Pond in Gilford, all on Nov. 17.

A red-throated loon was seen on Mascoma Lake on Nov. 19.

A flock of 54 horned grebes was seen on Lake Winnipesaukee on Nov. 19.

A pied-billed grebe was seen along Bean Road in Moultonborough on Nov. 18.

A northern parula that was first reported from the Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland on Nov. 2, has been seen there several times since then, and was last reported on the 17th.

A ruby-crowned kinglet was seen in Center Tuftonboro on Nov. 18.

A great egret was reported from Newmarket on Nov. 17.

A gray jay was seen on Mount Tom, and two were seen on Mount Willey, all in the White Mountains on Nov. 20.

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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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