This week's Rare Bird Alert
An immature red-headed woodpecker has been coming to a feeder in Alexandria since Dec. 13, and was last reported on the 31st.
A greater white-fronted goose was seen again at the Portsmouth traffic circle with a flock of Canada geese on Dec. 29, and relocated in North Mill Pond in Portsmouth on Jan. 1 and 2.
A male Barrow's goldeneye was seen on the Merrimack River in Manchester on Dec. 30, and one was seen off of Great Boar's Head in Hampton on Jan. 2. A female Barrow's goldeneye was seen on Eel Pond in Rye on Jan. 2.
A glaucous gull was seen at Hampton Harbor on Jan. 1 and 2.
An immature black-headed gull was seen in coastal Rye on Dec. 25.
An immature black-headed gull, three Iceland gulls, a northern shoveler, and 68 lesser scaup were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on Jan. 1.
A razorbill was seen in coastal Hampton on Jan. 1.
A gadwall was seen on the Merrimack River in Nashua on Dec. 29.
Three American pipits were seen in Stratham on Jan. 1.
A Lapland longspur, an American pipit, 120 horned larks and a peregrine falcon were seen on River Road South in Walpole on Dec. 30.
Common redpoll sightings during the past week included: 150 in Stratham on Jan. 1, 20 in Milton on the first, 15 in Newington on the first, 100 in Brookfield on Dec. 30, 35 in Pinkham Notch on Dec. 29, 100 in Wolfeboro on the 29th, and 10 in Richmond on the 29th. Several hoary redpolls were reported from Christmas Bird Counts.
A peregrine falcon and a pied-billed grebe were reported from Nashua on Jan. 2, and a merlin was seen in Nashua on Dec. 31.
An over-wintering pine warbler was seen in Newmarket on Jan. 1.
A winter wren was seen at the Milford Fish Hatchery on Dec. 29.
Five brown-headed cowbirds were seen in Lyme on Dec. 31.
The annual Laconia Christmas Bird Count was held on Dec. 29, and tallied 63 species. Highlights included: a ring-necked duck, 12 greater scaup, three lesser scaup, one long-tailed duck, six buffleheads, one Barrow's goldeneye, 123 hooded mergansers, 410 common mergansers, one red-throated loon, 17 common loons, one red-necked grebe, seven red-bellied woodpeckers, one northern shrike, four Carolina wrens, 18 eastern bluebirds, 86 Bohemian waxwings, 21 snow buntings, 112 pine grosbeaks, seven purple finches, 369 common redpolls, and two hoary redpolls.
The annual Sandwich Christmas Bird Count was held on Dec. 30, and tallied 43 species. Highlights included: a hoary redpoll, 330 common redpolls, eight pine grosbeaks, one pine siskin, 18 evening grosbeaks, one rough-legged hawk, one yellow-bellied sapsucker, one winter wren, seven common goldeneyes, five bald eagles, two northern shrikes, and one white-throated sparrow.
The Grafton-Bristol Christmas Bird Count was held on Dec. 31, and tallied 41 species. Highlights included: nine common goldeneyes, three hooded mergansers, seven common mergansers, two common loons, three bald eagles, one red-headed woodpecker (listed earlier in this Rare Bird Alert), one northern shrike, one Carolina wren, 14 eastern bluebirds, one hermit thrush, one northern mockingbird, one Bohemian waxwing,seven cedar waxwings, one white-throated sparrow, one northern cardinal, and 316 common redpolls.
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.