This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, August 12th,


A male TUFTED DUCK was discovered at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant

on July 27th and continues to be seen there. It was last reported on August

11th. 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.

3 MISSISSIPPI KITE breeding territories, one each in Durham, Newmarket, and

Stratham were established this year. The Stratham nest has failed, but the

Durham and Newmarket birds are each raising 1 chick. The easiest birds to

see are in Durham, usually along Madbury Road near Maple Street, and they

were last reported from there on August 11th.

A TRUMPETER SWAN was discovered at NH Audubon’s Abe Emerson Marsh in Candia

on April 13th and continues being seen there. It was last reported on August


A MARBLED GODWIT was seen in Hampton Harbor on August 10th and 11th.


Hampton Salt Marsh Conservation Area on August 10th, 11th, and 12th.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen at the Pickering Ponds in Rochester

on August 8th, and 1 was seen in coastal Rye on the 11th.

A GLOSSY IBIS was seen near the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road on

August 8th, and 4 GREAT EGRETS were seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on

August 9th.

As many as 4 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 August 11th. A LEAST BITTERN was

reported from World End Pond in Salem on the 12th.

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


4 RED-NECKED GREBES were reported from Cherry Pond in Jefferson on August


An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen in Chesterfield on August 9th.

2 FOX SPARROWS were reported from the White Mountains during the past week.

There were several reports of RED CROSSBILLS and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS

from scattered locations during the past week.

There was an unconfirmed report of a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER from New London

on August 10th.

This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and

press 4 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: 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