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This Week's Rare Bird Alert

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, April 2.

An unusually early spring-season sighting of two pectoral sandpipers was reported from the fields adjacent Horseshoe Pond in Concord on March 30.

A red-necked grebe was seen on the Merrimack River in Boscawen on March 21, 23, and 29. A pied-billed grebe and a bufflehead were seen in Nashua on April 1. Two lesser scaup were reported from Nashua on April 2.A possible greater white-fronted goose x Canada goose hybrid was reported at Moore Fields on Route 155A in Durham on April Fool’s Day.

A northern pintail was seen on the Merrimack River in Concord, and a pair of American wigeon was seen in Rye on March 29.

About 70 common mergansers were seen on the Squamscott River in Exeter during the past week.

A northern shrike was seen in Salem, and one was reported from Plainfield, both on March 28.Two great egrets and a greater yellowlegs were seen in marshes along the coast on March 29.

A peregrine falcon was seen in Concord, and two were seen along the coast, all on March 29.

A pair of peregrine falcons is nesting on the Brady-Sullivan Tower in Manchester. They can be viewed via webcam at: The camera times-out after 2-minutes, but you can re-access it whenever you want.

With the change of months and the seasonable weather has been a flood of reports of returning migrants, including: tree swallow, eastern phoebe, eastern bluebird, hermit thrush, winter wren, fox sparrow, song sparrow, American woodcock, killdeer, belted kingfisher, great blue heron, red-winged blackbird, common grackle, brown-headed cowbird, and turkey vulture. Also, sightings of raptors and inland waterfowl are on the rise as the snow and ice disappear.

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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