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March 21. 2014 10:35PM

Rare bird alert

This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, March 19.

An immature golden eagle was seen hunting wild turkeys in Plainfield on March 17.

A snowy owl was reported from the Hampton area on March 18, and one was reported from Hudson on the 13th.

A northern shrike was seen in Hampton on March 12, one was seen in Durham on the 14th, and one was seen in Hinsdale on the 16th.

A female king eider continues to be seen from the Great Island Common area in New Castle and was last reported, along with two purple sandpipers, on March 15. A flock of 10 brant was seen here on the 18th

A male Barrow's goldeneye has been seen repeatedly off of Great Boar's Head in Hampton during the past week. A male Barrow's goldeneye was also seen at the Vernon Dam on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on March 16, and a female Barrow's goldeneye that has been seen repeatedly on the Merrimack River in Concord during this past winter was again seen at Sewall's Falls on March 19.

Three canvasbacks and a fish crow were reported on Great Bay from the Discovery Center in Greenland on March 15. There is still quite a lot of ice present on Great Bay.

A red-breasted merganser was seen on the Merrimack River in Nashua on March 15.

Five greater scaup, four lesser scaup, a red-necked grebe, and three fish crows were all seen in the Tilton and Laconia area on March 15.

An Iceland gull was seen at Field's Grove in Nashua on March 15, and an Iceland gull and a glaucous gull were seen in Hampton Harbor on the 12th.

A pair of peregrine falcons is again nesting on the Brady-Sullivan Tower in Manchester. They can be viewed via webcam at: http://www.spectraaccess.com/?page_id=494. The camera times-out after two minutes, but you can re-access it whenever you want.

Two killdeer and four turkey vultures were seen at Great Bay Farm in Greenland on March 15. A turkey vulture was seen in Laconia on March 18, two were seen in Hooksett on the 15th, one was seen in Hinsdale and three were seen in Concord on the 16th, and one was seen in Lyme and one in Keene on the 19th.Red-shouldered hawks were reported from Exeter and Derry, a northern harrier was tentatively reported from Conway, and an American kestrel was seen in Walpole, all during the past week.

An American woodcock was seen and photographed in Nashua on March 13.A flock of 16 eastern bluebirds was seen in Kingston on March 13.

Two black-backed woodpeckers were reported from the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on March 19.

Avian signs of spring during the past week included many reports of blackbirds, and inland sightings of waterfowl.

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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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