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April 11. 2014 8:36PM

This Week's Rare Bird Alert

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, April 9.

A spotted towhee was spotted in Rye on Jan. 25, and has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on April 3. It has been seen foraging on the ground on the corner nearest the traffic island at the intersection of Central Road and Route 1A.

Eight snowy owls were seen in New Hampshire during the past week, including two in coastal Seabrook, one in coastal Hampton, one at the Pease International Tradeport near McIntyre Road in Newington, one in Rye near Rye Harbor State Park, and one at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis, all on April 5, one along River Road in North Charlestown on the 4th, and one from Route 113A in Wonalancet on the 3rd.

A short-eared owl was seen in Seabrook Marsh from the end of Cross Beach Road on April 3.

A rough-legged hawk was seen at the Pease International Tradeport near Short Road in Newington on April 5 and 6.

A Ross’s goose and 16 snow geese were seen at Charlestown Meadows near the Wastewater Treatment Plant on April 6 and 7. A yellow-headed blackbird was seen here along with an estimated 500 blackbirds on April 7.

A greater white-fronted goose was seen from Intervale Road in Gilford on April 7, and a lone snow goose was seen on Hutchins Street in Berlin on April 6.

A cackling goose was seen at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham on April 5, one was reported from Charlestown on the 7th, and two were seen in Rochester on the 9th.

Two snow geese, eight northern pintails, and an American wigeon were seen along the Connecticut River in Westmoreland on April 3.

An Iceland gull, 70 ring-neckd ducks, and 190 lesser scaup were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on April 6.

An Iceland gull was seen along the coast at Rye Ledge on April 6.

A northern shrike was seen along Ossipee Mountain Road in Moultonborough on April 3, and four snow buntings were seen from the same road on March 31. A single snow bunting was reported from the coast on April 6.

Two piping plovers and two glossy ibis were seen in Hampton, and two great egrets and three snowy egrets were seen in Rye, all on April 6.

An American bittern has been seen frequenting a stream located adjacent to West Portsmouth Street in Concord during the past week. It is sometimes quite close to and visible from the street.

There were several pied-billed grebes reported from scattered locations during the past week.

Two male northern shovelers were seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on April 6, and 115 ring-billed gulls were seen here on the 8th.

Two American wigeon and 25 green-winged teal were seen in the flooded fields at Bodwell Farm in Exeter on April 3. Four American wigeon were reported from the coast on April 6.

Two American coots were seen on Eel Pond in Rye on April 3, and two gadwall were seen here on the 5th.

A long-tailed duck was seen on Lake Winnisquam on April 5.

Two pairs of northern pintails, and an American coot were reported from World End Pond in Salem on April 5.

Thirty-five wood ducks were tallied at Morrill’s Farm in Penacook on April 6, and more than 75 were seen in the fields at West Portsmouth Street in Concord on the 4th.

Ninety ring-necked ducks were reported from the Deer Hill Wildlife Management Area in Brentwood on April 6.

Six evening grosbeaks were seen at a birdfeeder, and a black-backed woodpecker was seen at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge, all in Jefferson on April 3. Three evening grosbeaks were seen in Lyme on the 5th.Rusty blackbird sightings during the past week included 12 at Moore Fields along Route 155A in Durham on April 3, and a flock of 14 was seen near the New Hampshire Audubon McLane Center in Concord on the 8th.

Two to three fish crows were heard near Horseshoe Pond in Concord, and several were reported from the coast, all during the past week.

A palm warbler was seen at Powderhouse Pond in Exeter on April 6.

Two American pipits were reported from the Concord Community Gardens near Clinton Street in Concord on April 4.

There were multiple reports of raptors during the past week, including: American kestrels, merlins, peregrine falcons, northern harriers, ospreys, red-shouldered hawks, red-tailed hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, Cooper’s hawks, and turkey vultures.

Early-spring songbird reports during the past week included: more eastern phoebes, tree swallows, and fox sparrows, several pine warblers and eastern meadowlarks, many killdeer and American woodcocks, several Wilson’s snipe, a few field sparrows and chipping sparrows, and two yellow-bellied sapsuckers.

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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