This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, July 29.

Piping plovers and least terns are nesting and feeding chicks on the coastal beaches in Hampton and Seabrook. Please be careful not to disturb these birds.

A male tufted duck was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on July 27th and 28th. The treatment plant is only open to birders on weekends. If you visit, park your car in the entrance parking lot and do not drive on the roads in the facility.

Two sandhill cranes were seen at the Errol International Airport on July 23rd.

Three Mississippi kite breeding territories, one each in Durham, Newmarket, and Stratham continue to have reports of adult birds. The easiest birds to see are in Durham usually along Madbury Road near Maple Street, and they were last reported from there on July 26th.

A trumpeter swan was discovered at NH Audubon’s Abe Emerson Marsh in Candia on April 13th, has continued being seen there, and was last reported on July 28th.

An immature little blue heron was seen with seven snowy egrets at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on July 26th, and an immature little blue heron was seen in coastal Rye on the 22nd.

A black-crowned night heron was reported from the Charlestown Wastewater Treatment Plant on July 26th.

As many as four least bitterns continue to be reported from the Cranberry Pond wetlands behind the Price Chopper store in the shopping center in West Lebanon and the last report was on July 27th.

A parasitic jaeger was seen off shore in New Hampshire waters on July 28th.

There was an unconfirmed report of a black tern from Lake Sunapee on July 28th.

Two stilt sandpipers were seen in the coastal salt marshes in Rye on July 27th.

A pectoral sandpiper was reported from Hampton Marsh, and 1 was reported from the Rye coastal salt marshes, both on July 27th.

Shorebirds have already begun migrating south and there have been reports from the coast of greater yellowlegs, lesser yellowlegs, semipalmated sandpipers, least sandpipers, semipalmated plovers, black-bellied plovers and short-billed dowitchers.

Up to five grasshopper sparrows continue to be seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis, and were last reported on July 25th.

A white-crowned sparrow was seen on the Tuckerman Ravine trail on Mount Washington on July 23rd.

An orchard orioles was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on July 24th.

Eight purple martins were seen from Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on July 27th.

A pair of cliff swallows has nested at Fort Constitution in New Castle and has been seen feeding a chick during the past week.

There were several reports of red crossbills and white-winged crossbills from the White Mountains and North Country during the past week.

If you have seen any interesting birds recently, you can call 224-9909 and leave a message at the end of the recording or send your sightings to the Rare Bird Alert 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