This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, May 7.
A lesser black-backed gull was seen in fields at Bodwell Farm in East Kingston on May 1.An eastern screech-owl was seen in Nashua on May 4.
Twenty-five red-necked grebes were seen on Lake Massabesic in Auburn, 22 were seen on Spofford Lake in Chesterfield, and 24 were seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale, all on May 1.
A pair of merlins was seen at Great Pond in Kingston on May 2. A pair of evening grosbeaks was seen in Sandwich on May 2. A white-crowned sparrow was seen in Salem on May 3, and one was seen in Hinsdale on the 7th. Four rusty blackbirds were seen in Salem on May 3, and one was seen in Goffstown on the 6th.
An Eastern-whip-poor-will was heard at the Karner Blue Easement near Chenell Drive in Concord on May 3. A Virginia rail was seen at Turtle Pond in Concord, and three were reported from Salem, all on May 3.
A black-crowned night-heron was seen in Nashua on May 5 and a different one was seen in Nashua on the 6th. A green heron was seen in Nashua on May 4, and one was seen in Walpole on the 5th, and two were seen in Hanover on the 7th.
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New Hampshire Audubon’s Birdathon/Bloomathon FUNd Raising Event will be held on May 17-18. Join in the excitement as teams of volunteers try to see as many species of birds and/or blooming wildflowers as possible within a single day. All funds raised will be split 50/50 between N.H. Audubon and the chapter, center, or area of your team’s choice (raptor observatories, animal care or education, for example), so pledges from your friends and family are encouraged. For more information, please visit the website at www.nhaudubon.org/birding/birdathon or call 224-9909.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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 online at the New Hampshire Audubon web site, www.nhaudubon.org.