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Rare bird alert throughout New Hampshire

July 18. 2014 6:01PM

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, July 15.

Birders on the Granite State whalewatch out of Rye Harbor reported an unidentified jaeger, 41 Cory’s shearwaters, 107 great shearwaters, 47 sooty shearwaters, 130 Wilson’s storm-petrels, two Northern gannets, a laughing gull and two great cormorants on July 12.

A royal tern was seen along the coast in Rye on July 14.

A Caspian tern was seen on Lake Massabesic in Auburn on July 8.

A Forster’s tern was seen at Hampton Harbor on July 11.

Two least terns, five Roseate terns, and 17 black-crowned night-herons were seen in Hampton Marsh on July 12.

At least two Mississippi kites are being seen regularly in Newmarket, where they have nested during the past several years.

Two sandhill cranes have returned to their summering grounds in Monroe and can sometimes be seen in fields along the Connecticut River as far as 9 miles north of the town center and also in fields along Plains Road. If you look for these birds, please do not venture onto the farm fields, which are privately owned.

A clay-colored sparrow continues to sing from a perch near the intersection of Short Street and Aboretum Drive in Newington on July 10, and a family of four grasshopper sparrows was seen there on the 15th.

A white-winged crossbill was reported from Eaton on July 13, and a red crossbill was reported from Pinkham Notch in Gorham on the 10th.

A female black-backed woodpecker was reported from Trudeau Road in Bethlehem on July 10.

A fox sparrow, seven Boreal chickadees, and 10 Bicknell’s thrushes were seen by hikers on Mount Hancock in the White Mountains on July 12.

Two Bicknell’s thrushes were reported from Mount Hale on July 12, and two were reported from the Caps Ridge Trail in Jefferson on the 14th, all in the White Mountains.

A spruce grouse was seen on Mount Liberty in the White Mountains on July 12.

Two gray jays and a bay-breasted warbler were reported from Stewartstown on July 10.

Three rusty blackbirds were reported from Loverens Mill Cedar Swamp in Antrim on July 8.

Three peregrine falcons were seen over Fall Mountain in North Walpole on July 10.

Five purple martins were reported from Weir’s Beach on July 10.

A brant was seen in Hampton Marsh on July 12.

A glossy ibis was seen at World End Pond in Salem on July 10.

Several Nelson’s sparrows and saltmarsh sparrows were reported from the coast during the past week.

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 email 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 online at the New Hampshire Audubon web site,

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