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This Week's Rare Bird Alert

April 18. 2014 9:55PM

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, April 16.

Five snowy owls were seen in New Hampshire during the past week, including two at the Pease International Tradeport, two in Hampton, and one in Rye.

A golden eagle and a bald eagle were seen and photographed in fields near 39 River Road in Boscawen on April 12, and 10 snow geese were also seen there.A lesser black-backed gull, a snow goose, and a pied-billed grebe were seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on April 11.

An Iceland gull was reported from Salem on April 14, and one was seen in Rye on the 12th.

A northern shrike was seen in Lancaster, and one was seen in Greenland, both on April 12.A Eurasian green-winged teal was seen at Morrill’s Farm in Penacook on April 13 and 14.

A red-necked grebe was seen on Opechee Bay in Laconia on April 13.

Two long-tailed ducks were seen on the Merrimack River in Concord on April 11.

Four northern pintails and two blue-winged teal were seen at Bodwell Farm in East Kingston on April 13.

Two blue-winged teal, three lesser scaup, and a pied-billed grebe were seen on World End Pond in Salem on April 12.

A greater scaup was seen on the Connecticut River in Hanover on April 11.

A pair of lesser scaup and a double-crested cormorant were seen on the Merrimack River in Concord on April 12.Glossy ibis sightings during the past week included one in Greenland on April 10, one in Concord on the 12th and 14th, three in Rye on the 12th, five in Rye on the 13th, two in Stratham on the 15th, and three in Stratham and one in Rye on the 16th.

Two great egrets were seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on April 10.

A northern gannet was seen off of the coast in Rye on April 11.

Two piping plovers were seen in Seabrook on April 12, and a lesser yellowlegs was seen in Stratham on April 13.

Thirty purple sandpipers were seen at the Hampton Harbor channel on April 12.

Ninety-seven Wilson’s snipe were seen along Newington Road in Greenland on April 13.

A Virginia rail, three marsh wrens, and a pied-billed grebe were reported from Longmarsh Road in Durham on April 12, and a Virginia rail was reported from Geremonty Drive in Salem on the 14th.

A Virginia rail, two Wilson’s snipe, and 110 green-winged teal were reported from the farm along the Merrimack River accessed from Exit 18 on Route 93 in Canterbury on April 12.

A fish crow was reported from Nashua on April 12.

A snow bunting was seen in Dummer on April 12 and 13.

Five evening grosbeaks were reported from Errol, one was reported from Concord, and one from Laconia, all on April 13.

A blue-gray gnatcatcher was seen in Nashua on April 14, and one was seen in Nashua and one in Rye on the 16th.

A Louisiana waterthrush was reported from Westmoreland, and a blue-headed vireo was reported from Nashua, both on April 13.

A vesper sparrow, and about 60 rusty blackbirds were reported from the Errol area on April 12 and 13.

Four rusty blackbirds were seen in Orford on April 11.

A palm warbler, 17 purple finches, two fox sparrows and 56 dark-eyed juncos were seen at a bird feeding station at a private residence in Jefferson on April 16.

There were a few barn swallows, several northern rough-winged swallows, and many tree swallows reported from scattered locations during the past week.

There were multiple reports of raptors during the past week, including: bald eagles, 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: eastern phoebes, palm and pine warblers, ruby-crowned kinglets, hermit thrushes, eastern towhees, brown thrashers, eastern meadowlarks, killdeer, American woodcocks, Wilson’s snipe, field sparrows, fox sparrows, Savannah sparrows, chipping sparrows, northern flickers, and 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: 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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