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This Week's Rare Bird Alert

February 21. 2014 10:08PM

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Birders on a boat cruise out of Rye on Feb. 12 reported the following sightings, mainly in New Hampshire waters: 25 northern fulmars, more than 700 dovekies, 20 common murres, 14 Atlantic puffins, and more than 150 black-legged kittiwakes.

A spotted towhee was spotted in Rye on Jan. 25, and has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on February 15th. It has been seen foraging on the ground in the scrub on the corner nearest the traffic island at the intersection of Central Road and Route 1A.

At least three snowy owls continued to be reported in New Hampshire during the past week including one along the coast in Rye, one in the Hampton and Seabrook marsh areas, and an unconfirmed sighting in Barrington.

A male Harlequin duck was seen along the coast at Ragged Neck in Rye on Feb. 11.

A northern shrike was seen behind the town hall in Surry on Feb. 16, and another was seen on Blueberry Hill in Hanover on the 15th.

A flock of 48 snow buntings was seen in Surry on Feb. 16, a flock of about 24 was seen in Derry on the 18th, and a flock of 25 was seen in Charlestown on the 11th.

A peregrine falcon was seen in Hampton on Feb. 15, and a merlin was seen in Hanover on the 18th.Red-shouldered hawks were reported from Rye, Salem, and Derry during the past week.

A northern goshawk was seen in Lyme and a Cooper’s hawk was seen in Hanover, both during the past week.

Eight bald eagles were tallied in Manchester along the Merrimack River on Feb. 16.

Eight turkey vultures were seen in Exeter on Feb. 15.

A horned grebe was seen on the Merrimack River in Nashua on Feb. 16, and a great cormorant was seen on the Merrimack River in Manchester on Feb. 17.

A northern pintail was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant during the past week.

Five rusty blackbirds were seen visiting a birdfeeder at a private residence in Penacook, and a brown-headed cowbird was reported from Mont Vernon, all on Feb. 15.

A ruby-crowned kinglet was seen in Manchester on Feb. 14 and again on the 17th.

A flock of 10 eastern bluebirds was seen in Kingston on Feb. 13.

A possible pine grosbeak was reported from Hanover on Feb. 15.

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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