This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, Oct. 21.
On a boat cruise to offshore waters organized by N.H. Audubon’s Seacoast Chapter and held on Oct.14, the following highlights were noted: six red-necked phalaropes; 268 red phalaropes; a South Polar skua; two pomarine jaegers; four black guillemots; eight Atlantic puffins; 16 black-legged kittiwakes; 104 Bonaparte’s gulls; a little gull; six laughing gulls; a Leach’s storm petrel (in Maine waters); 135 Northern fulmars; a Cory’s shearwater; 23 great shearwaters; a Manx shearwater; 72 Northern gannets; a lark sparrow; a pine warbler; and a yellow-rumped warbler.
Two sandhill cranes continue to be seen foraging in fields along Ledge Farm Road in Nottingham and were last reported on Oct. 19.
A trumpeter swan was discovered at N.H. Audubon’s Abe Emerson Marsh in Candia on April 13 and continues being seen. It was last reported on Oct. 18.
An immature red-headed woodpecker was discovered along North River Road near Burley Farm in Epping on Oct. 5, and was last reported on Oct. 20.
An orange-crowned warbler was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, and one was seen along North Shore Road in Hampton, both on Oct. 19. Another orange-crowned warbler was seen in Holderness on the 20th.
A clay-colored sparrow was seen at the Concord Community Gardens on Birch Street, and a grasshopper sparrow was reported from the Concord Airport, both on Oct. 16. A fox sparrow was seen in Holderness on the 20th.
A dickcissel was seen at the Concord Community Gardens on Birch Street on Oct. 12, and two were reported from Goss Farm in Rye on the 21st.
A juvenile black-legged kittiwake was photographed on Lake Massabesic from Front Park on Route 28 in Auburn on Oct. 18.
A stilt sandpiper was seen along the coast near Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on Oct. 19.
Two American golden-plovers were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant from Oct. 18-20. A lesser yellowlegs was seen here on the 14th. The plant is only open to birders on weekends. Park in the main lot and do not drive on the plant roads.
Six lesser yellowlegs and two least sandpipers were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on Oct. 17, and a white-rumped sandpiper was seen there on the 16th. The treatment plant is gated and the hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. If you visit, please check in at the office and be out of the plant by 2:45 p.m. so that plant personnel do not have to ask birders to leave. Do not drive on the dikes and do not block the road. The Trails at Pickering Ponds, located east of the plant, are not gated, and are always open during daylight hours.
Fifty-seven black scoters, 21 white-winged scoters, and two red-necked grebes were seen on Cherry Pond in Jefferson on Oct. 19.
Thirty-four black scoters, three surf scoters and two white-winged scoters, were seen on Echo Lake in Franconia Notch during the past week.
A golden eagle was reported from Temple Mountain on Oct. 14.
Raptor migration is under way with migrating raptors being counted daily at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough. Over 9,930 raptors, mainly broad-winged hawks, have already been tallied there since Sept. 1. The Carter Hill Raptor Migration Observatory in Concord is now being staffed by volunteers for a few days each week and has tallied over 2,370 raptors since Sept. 1. Be sure to visit these observatories during the fall season to help out with their counts!
This listing can be seen in its entirety at www.nhaudubon.org.