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This Week's Rare Bird Alert

January 17. 2014 8:15PM

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Snowy owls continued to be reported in New Hampshire during the past week including two along the coast in Rye, and five in the Hampton and Seabrook marsh areas. There was an unconfirmed report of one seen along Porter Road in Alstead on Jan. 15.

A red-headed woodpecker has been seen on several days visiting a birdfeeder in Alstead since about Jan. 1, and was last reported on the 12th.

A Thayer’s gull has been seen several times during the past week visiting a feeding station at a private residence in East Kingston with more than 30 other gulls, including at least one Iceland gull.

A lesser black-backed gull has been reported from Eel Pond in Rye several times during the past week.

A glaucous gull and four great cormorants were seen on the Nashua River in Nashua on Jan. 9, and two glaucous gulls were seen in Hampton Harbor on the 12th.

At least four Iceland gulls were seen along the coast, two were seen at Rockingham Park in Salem, and one was seen at Hedgehog Pond in Salem, all during the past week.

Forty four razorbills were seen along the coast from Little Boar’s Head in North Hampton on Jan. 12.

A male Barrow’s goldeneye and two females were seen from Stark Landing along the Merrimack River in Manchester on Jan. 13. A male ring-necked duck was also present. A male Barrow’s goldeneye was seen in the Merrimack River from the boat launch located south of the Bow power plant on the 15th.

Two male canvasbacks were seen on Great Bay on Jan. 12. An American coot and a female greater scaup were seen in Laconia on the 9th.

Several pine grosbeaks were reported from Nashua on Jan. 11.

Twelve Lapland longspurs were seen at Bicentennial Park in Hampton on Jan. 8.

A flock of 10 snow buntings was seen along River Road in Walpole on Jan. 15, and a flock of 28 was seen at Hampton Beach State Park on the 11th.

There were a few reports of peregrine falcon and merlin during the past week.

Three fish crows were reported from Salem on Jan. 9.

A brown thrasher was seen in Rye on Jan. 11, and one was seen in Rye on the 15th. An eastern towhee was seen in Ashland on Jan. 13.Yellow-bellied sapsuckers were reported from Bartlett and Nashua during the past week, and a northern flicker was again seen in Bedford, on Jan. 10.

Eight Carolina wrens were reported from Nashua on Jan. 11, one was seen in Peterborough on the 10th, one was seen in Sandown on the 12th, and one was seen in Alstead on the 10th.

A flock of approximately 500 cedar waxwings was reported from Dover on Jan. 10.

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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