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March 14. 2014 9:35PM

This Week's Rare Bird Alert

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, March 5.

A red-headed woodpecker has been seen on numerous days visiting a birdfeeder in Alstead since about Jan. 1, and was last reported on March 9.

A spotted towhee was spotted in Rye on Jan. 25, and has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on March 2. 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 four snowy owls continued to be reported in New Hampshire during the past week including one in Rye, one in the Hampton and Seabrook marsh area, and there was an unconfirmed report of two in Strafford on March 7.

A pair of Barrow’s goldeneyes was seen on the Nashua River near the Merrimack River in Nashua on March 8.

A Barrow’s goldeneye, 333 common goldeneyes, two greater scaup, 20 ring-necked ducks, nine buffleheads, 68 American black ducks, and 21 common mergansers were seen on the Connecticut River above the Vernon Dam in Hinsdale on March 8, and two RED-NECKED GREBES were seen here on the 11th.

Three gadwalls were reported from Chapel Brook in North Hampton on March 12.

Four greater scaup were seen on Paugus Bay, two lesser scaup were seen on the Winnepesaukee River, and a red-necked grebe was seen in Opechee Bay, all in Laconia on March 7.

A red-breasted merganser was seen on the Merrimack River in Nashua on March 6, and a great cormorant was seen on the Merrimack River in Concord on March 9.

A pair of peregrine falcons was seen atop the Christian Science Church in Concord, and single birds were reported from Orford, Manchester, and Dover, all during the past week.

A pair of merlins was seen at the Hanover Golf Course on March 11.

A northern goshawk was seen in Hanover on March 7.

A fish crow was reported from Hooksett on March 9, and one was reported from Durham on the 11th.

A flock of four rusty blackbirds was seen in Walpole on March 8.

A killdeer was seen in Dover on March 11, and another was seen in Manchester on the 12th.

A hermit thrush was seen in Newmarket on March 10.

A yellow-bellied sapsucker, a yellow-rumped warbler, and a white-crowned sparrow were all seen in Greenland on March 8.

There were several reports of turkey vultures during the past week including seven in Concord, two in Nashua, one in Hanover, and one in Newmarket.

Birders on a boat trip to Jeffrey’s Ledge on March 8 reported the following highlights: six northern fulmars, two northern gannets, two dovekies, two common murres, many razorbills, four black guillemots, two Atlantic puffins, two black-legged kittwakes, and an Iceland gull.

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: 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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