This week's Rare Bird Alert
A gray catbird takes in his surroundings from his perch on a tree branch at the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn earlier this week. According to Wikipedia, several unrelated groups of songbirds are called catbirds “because of their wailing calls, which resemble a cat’s meowing. The genus name Ailuroedus likewise is from the Greek for ‘cat-singer’ or ‘cat-voiced.’” (David Lane/Unon Leader)
A Mississippi kite was seen in Newmarket on June 1.
A Chuck-will’s-widow was heard calling in Newton on June 3.
Several whippoorwills and common nighthawks were reported during the past week, including a flock of 26 common nighthawks in Newmarket on May 31.
Two laughing gulls, three roseate terns, and a purple martin were seen in the Hampton Harbor area during the past week.
Two black-crowned night-herons, 26 snowy egrets, a Bonaparte’s gull, a red-throated loon, and a peregrine falcon were reported from the coast on June 2.
Four mourning warblers, nine Wilson’s warblers, and a yellow-bellied flycatcher were reported from coastal sites during the past week.
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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