New Hampshire Audubon's Weekly Rare Bird Alert
A greater white-fronted goose previously found in a small pond near the Portsmouth Hospital, was seen again at the Portsmouth traffic circle with a flock of Canada geese on Dec. 12, and another greater white-fronted goose was seen with about 600 Canada geese in the Suncook River off of School Street in Pembroke on Dec. 13, 16, and 19.
A hoary redpoll was seen with a flock of 35 common redpolls in Keene on Dec. 16. Common redpoll sightings during the past week included: four in Goffstown on Dec. 17, and 30 in Nashua on the 16th.
A white-winged crossbill was reported from Derry on Dec. 12, and one was reported from Concord on the 16th.
A red crossbill was reported from Concord on Dec. 16.
Two Iceland gulls and a female northern shoveler were seen at the Derry Wastewater Treatment Plant on Dec. 19 (permission required to bird here - check in at the front office).
Two American wigeon were seen in the Suncook River in Pittsfield on Dec. 19.
Thirty-four ruddy ducks and four lesser scaup were seen at Beaver Lake in Derry on Dec. 19, three ruddy ducks were seen on Jenness Pond in Northwood on the 14th, and one was seen on Canobie Lake in Salem on the 18th.
A Carolina wren was reported from West Newbury on Dec. 16.
Up to 60 horned larks were reported from the farm fields located near Fitch's Corner on North River Road in Milford several times during the past week.
The annual Seacoast Christmas Bird Count was held on Dec. 15, and tallied 115 species. Highlights included: five brant, two snow geese, one Eurasian wigeon, 49 American wigeon, 64 ruddy ducks, 142 lesser scaup, one Barrow' s goldeneye, eight northern pintails, one northern shoveler, four gadwalls, 49 purple sandpipers, one glaucous gull, one Iceland gull, five black-legged kittiwakes, one lesser black-backed gull, 43 razorbills, two black guillemots, 10 eastern screech-owls, one great horned owl, two barred owls, one northern saw-whet owl, one yellow-bellied sapsucker, one northern shrike, nine winter wrens, three hermit thrushes, two yellow-rumped warblers, four fox sparrows, one white-crowned sparrow, one "Oregon" dark-eyed junco, 27 snow buntings, 26 pine grosbeaks, 183 common redpolls, 21 white-winged crossbills, one ruby-crowned kinglet, three eastern towhees, one marsh wren, seven turkey vultures, two rusty blackbirds, one American woodcock, and 37 American pipits.
The annual Keene Christmas Bird Count was held on Dec. 16, and tallied 61 species. Highlights included: one gray catbird, one red-shouldered hawk, one merlin, one belted kingfisher, one northern shrike, one great black-backed gull, two chipping sparrows, three red-breasted mergansers, four winter wrens, five ring-necked ducks, six common goldeneye, six red crossbills, seven pine grosbeaks, nine evening grosbeaks, 266 common redpolls, 91 common mergansers, and eight common loons.
This information 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: 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 RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire Audubon web site, www.nhaudubon.org.
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