This week's Rare Bird Alert
February 01. 2013 9:54PM
Two pairs of common goldeneye were photographed on the Merrimack River in Manchester during the past week. According to one New Hampshire birding authority, the male (black head, white body) with his head back is performing a courtship display for the female. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
A male Barrow's goldeneye was seen on the Merrimack River in Manchester on Dec. 30, and has been seen numerous times since then. It was most recently reported near 250 Commercial Street on Jan. 24. More than 175 common goldeneyes were tallied on the Merrimack River in Manchester on Jan. 27.
Common redpoll sightings during the past week included: an estimated 500 in a flock in Strafford and 25 in Concord on Jan. 28: and 100 in Roxbury, 100 in Milford, 100 in Stratham and 40 in Hampton, all on the 26th,
Pine grosbeak sightings during the past week included: 30 in Manchester and nine in Littleton on Jan. 24: 15 in Salem and five in Exeter on the 26th; and four in Milan on the 25th.
Thirteen evening grosbeaks were reported from Center Chatham on Jan. 28, and single birds were reported from Lyme and Etna on the 26th.
A pair of white-winged crossbills was seen in Hooksett on Jan. 24, and four red crossbills were seen in Merrimack on the 29th.
A peregrine falcon was seen in Manchester on Jan. 24, another in Manchester on the 27th, and one was seen in Hampton on the 26th.
Nine bald eagles were seen along the Merrimack River between Concord and Manchester on Jan. 27.
Eighty horned larks were seen in a field on North River Road in Milford on Jan. 26.
A pine warbler was seen in Newmarket, and one was seen in the Rye Cemetery (still alive!) on Jan. 26.
Eastern bluebird sightings during the past week included eight in Kingston and 17 in Merrimack, all on Jan. 25.
Two Carolina wrens were seen in Weare on Jan. 30.
Five northern flickers have been seen at a birdfeeder in Nashua during the past week.
Forty-one hooded mergansers, and 80 common mergansers were seen on the Connecticut River below the Wilder Dam on Jan. 23.
Forty mallards were seen on the Saco River in Harts Location on Jan. 27.
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