NH Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Aug. 13
This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, Aug. 13:
At least two Mississippi kites have been seen regularly during the summer in Newmarket, where they have nested during the past several years. They successfully hatched and are currently raising a young Mississippi kite!
Two sandhill cranes have returned to their summering grounds in Monroe and are raising a young sandhill crane. They can sometimes be seen in fields along the Connecticut River nearly as far as one mile 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.
An immature white ibis was discovered at Awcomin Marsh in Rye on July 11th, and was last reported on Aug. 9. It has most recently reported from the Little River Saltmarsh in North Hampton, where a glossy ibis was also seen.
A little gull was seen among Bonaparte’s gulls at Bicentennial Park in Hampton on Aug. 10.
A pair of lesser black-backed gulls was seen in Hampton Harbor on Aug. 10.
A least tern, several roseate terns, and a at least four black-crowned night-herons were all reported from Hampton Harbor during the past week.
A laughing gull was reported from coastal Rye on Aug. 12.
A Bonaparte’s gull was seen at Great East Lake in East Wakefield on Aug. 10.Saltmarsh sparrows were seen in Hampton Marsh behind Little Jack’s restaurant along Route 1A and Nelson’s sparrows were seen in the marsh from the end of Pollock Drive in Rye, all during the past week.
Two grasshopper sparrows were reported from Cemetery Fields off of Merrimack Road in Amherst on Aug. 12.
A peregrine falcon was seen flying over Hampton Marsh on Aug. 10th, and 1 was reported from Etna on Aug. 7.
Three purple martins were seen on Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on Aug. 6.
Six migrating common nighthawks were seen in Hanover on Aug. 10.
An American bittern was seen at George’s Pond in Enfield on Aug. 11.
Four ruddy turnstones were seen in coastal Rye on Aug. 6.
This message 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 Rare Bird Alert 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 Rare Bird Alert is also available online at the New Hampshire Audubon website, www.nhaudubon.org.