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This week's Rare Bird Alert

May 24. 2013 10:03PM

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, May 22.

A curlew sandpiper was seen in Hampton Harbor on May 22. Also seen were a red knot and three white-rumped sandpipers.

A sandhill crane was reported from Pittsfield on May 22.

A red-headed woodpecker has been coming to a birdfeeder on Grafton Road in Alexandria since Dec. 13, and was last reported on May 13.

A Caspian tern was seen in Hampton Harbor on May 18, and a least tern was reported from Hampton Harbor on May 22.

Two tri-colored herons were seen in a marsh along Route 1A just south of Rye Harbor on May 21.

A little blue heron was seen in Awcomin Marsh in Rye on May 19.

A least bittern was reported from the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on May 18.

A snow goose was seen in Rockingham Park in Salem on May 21.

At least one brant was seen along the coast on May 18.

Three upland sandpipers were seen from Short Road in Newington at the Pease International Tradeport on May 18.

One hundred and five purple sandpipers were seen at the Hampton Harbor inlet on May 21.

Forty five short-billed dowitchers were reported from Rochester on May 22.

Five laughing gulls were seen along the coast on May 21.

There was a large coastal migration of white-winged scoters on May 18.

Three purple martins were reported from Hampton on May 21.

There were several fish crow reports during the past week.

A sora was reported from Packers Falls Marsh in Durham, and one was reported from a marsh on Geremonty Drive in Salem, both on May 18.

A pair of black-backed woodpeckers continues to be seen along the forest road at the Trudeau Road wetlands in Bethlehem, and was last reported on May 19.

Two evening grosbeaks were seen in New London on May 17, and two were seen in Roxbury on May 20.

A grasshopper sparrow was seen at the Concord Airport on May 18.

Migrating white-crowned sparrows continued to be reported in small numbers.

Several black-billed cuckoos and at least two yellow-billed cuckoos were reported during the past week.

Warbler migration is peaking with more than 20-species being reported during the past week including Cape May warbler, bay-breasted warbler, Wilson’s warbler, and Tennessee warbler.

A Lawrence’s warbler was seen along Bartlett Drive in Durham on May 22.

At least two Philadelphia vireos were reported since May 14.

There were several olive-sided flycatcher reports during the past week.

Eight common nighthawks were seen in Hancock on May 22.

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: 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,

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