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February 28. 2014 8:00PM

This Week's Rare Bird Alert

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, Feb. 24.

Birders on a boat cruise out of Hampton on Sunday, Feb. 23 reported the following sightings in New Hampshire waters: 32 northern fulmars, four northern gannets, a great cormorant, 466 dovekies, 16 common murres, seven thick-billed murres, four unidentified murres, 60 razorbills, 86 unidentified large alcids, eight black guillemots, 17 Atlantic puffins, 297 black-legged kittiwakes, a Bonaparte’s gull, a ring-billed gull, 35 herring gulls, two Iceland gulls, 80 great black-backed gulls, and an American pipit.

A spotted towhee was spotted in Rye on Jan. 25 and has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on Feb. 23. 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.

A female king eider, reported earlier this winter, was again seen off of Great Island Common in New Castle on Feb. 22.

At least two snowy owls continued to be reported in New Hampshire during the past week including one along the coast in Rye, and one in the Hampton and Seabrook marsh area.

A northern saw-whet owl was discovered inside(!) a private residence in Auburn and photographed on Feb. 23.

A flock of 18 snow buntings was reported from Rye, 58 were seen in Woodsville, 10 were seen in Monroe, 42 were seen in Littleton, and 10 were seen in Newmarket all on Feb. 23. A flock of 90 snow buntings was seen in Lyme and a flock of 25 was seen in Hampton Falls, both on the 19th, and a flock of 30 was seen in Plainfield on Feb. 20.

Three brant were seen from Ragged Neck in Rye on Feb. 23.

A great cormorant and a pair of red-breasted mergansers were reported from Nashua on Feb. 22.

A flock of 17 ring-necked ducks was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on Feb. 20, and there were a few reports of wood ducks from scattered locations during the past week.

Two turkey vultures were seen in Salem on Feb. 24, and two were seen in Nashua on the 22nd.

A merlin and a red-shouldered hawk were seen in Salem on Feb. 20.

A red-shouldered hawk was seen in Rye on Feb. 20, and one was seen in Portsmouth on the 22nd.

A flock of common grackles was seen in Manchester, and a brown-headed cowbird was seen in Laconia, all on Feb. 23.

A flock of 22 brown-headed cowbirds was seen at the Lyme/Orford town line on Feb. 19.

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: birdsetc@nhaudubon.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.


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