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April 25. 2014 9:37PM

This week's Rare Bird Alert

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, April 23.

Two sandhill cranes were seen in Concord on April 20, and two have returned to their summering grounds in Monroe during the past week. The ones in Monroe frequently can be seen in fields along the Connecticut River north of town and also in fields along Plains Road.

A greater white-fronted goose, and a snow goose continue to be seen in Sawyer’s Fields along Intervale Road in Gilford several times and were last reported on April 20. Also present on the 18th were an American wigeon and 12 green-winged teal.Glossy ibis sightings during the past week included two in Concord on April 18, one in Rye on the 19th, one in Greenland on the 21st, and an unconfirmed report of four seen flying near the Route 93 Hooksett toll plaza on the 17th.

A great egret was seen at Salmon Brook in Nashua on April 21, and one was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on the 23rd. A green heron was seen in Hinsdale on April 18.

A pair of northern shovelers was seen at the Canterbury sod farms, located west of Route 93 off of Exit 18, on April 20.A pair of blue-winged teal was seen in Penacook on April 21, and a pair was seen in Orford on the 23rd.Two greater scaup, 10 common goldeneye, 52 ring-necked ducks, three double-crested cormorants, and a pied-billed grebe were seen on the Connecticut River in Hanover on April 19.

A pair of American wigeon and a pied-billed grebe were seen in Boscawen near or in the Merrimack River on April 19, and a pied-billed grebe was seen in Durham on the 22nd.

Twenty green-winged teal, 12 ring-necked ducks, and 60 wood ducks were tallied at the wetlands adjacent to the fields located behind the Concord Post Office on Loudon Road on April 21.

A common loon was seen at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson on April 22.

A fish crow was reported from Tilton, and another was reported from Concord, both on April 20.

A pair of evening grosbeaks was reported from Richmond on April 21.

Three white-crowned sparrows were seen in Rumney on April 19, and two were reported from Chichester on the 23rd.

A fox sparrow was seen and heard in Hinsdale on April 17.

A vesper sparrow was heard in Penacook on April 20, and one was reported from Boscawen on the 19th.

Thirty-five Wilson’s snipe, an eastern meadowlark, and 25 horned larks were seen at Moore Fields along Route 155A in Durham on April 20.

Two black-throated green wablers were seen in Ashland on April 21.

There were several reports of Louisiana waterthrush during the past week, including one in Dover on April 19th, one in Penacook on the 20th, one in Hollis on the 22nd, and 1 in Nashua on the 23rd.

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

A pair of merlins was reported being present at the nest site that they used last year on Squam Lake, on April 21.

A northern goshawk was seen in Pittsfield on April 21.

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: 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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