April 26. 2013 10:50PM

This week's Rare Bird Alert

This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, April 24.

A snow goose was seen at Rockingham Park in Salem on April 22.

An Iceland gull was seen at Rockingham Park in Salem on April 20.

A hoary redpoll and 18 common redpolls were seen at a birdfeeding station in Strafford on April 21st, and four common redpolls were seen in North Conway.

Two Virginia rails were seen on World End Pond in Salem on April 17, and three were reported from the marshes near the Portsmouth Hospital on the 20th.

An American coot was seen at World End Pond in Salem on April 20, and two soras were reported from here on the 24th.

A pied-billed grebe was reported from the Deer Hill Wildlife Management Area in Brentwood on April 20.

Twenty-four Wilson's snipe were seen at Chapman's Landing in Stratham on April 22.

Two peregrine falcons were seen on West Portsmouth Street in Concord on April 18, and a merlin was seen in Pittsfield on April 22.

A flock of 27 turkey vultures was seen in Concord on April 20.

Small numbers of rusty blackbirds were reported from multiple locations during the past week, including six from Errol on April 17.

Three evening grosbeaks were seen in Marlborough on April 21.

A flock of 40 American pipits was seen in Penacook on April 20.

A green heron was seen in Pittsfield on April 22.

Seven great egrets, five snowy egrets, and 25 greater yellowlegs were seen along the coast on April 20.

Brown thrashers were reported from Hancock and Hinsdale during the past week.

An eastern kingbird was reported from Merrimack on April 24.

Early returning migrants reported during the past week included: northern rough-winged swallow, barn swallow, tree swallow, hermit thrush, pine warbler, palm warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, ruby-crowned kinglet, golden-crowned kinglet, winter wren, eastern towhee, chipping sparrow, field sparrow, Wilson's snipe, northern flicker, and yellow-bellied sapsucker.

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 RBA 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.