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June 07. 2013 8:34PM

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)

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, June 5.

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.

Forty brant were reported from Portsmouth Harbor 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.

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 June 5. An American bittern has been heard regularly from a nearby wetland.

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

Four mourning warblers, nine Wilson’s warblers, and a yellow-bellied flycatcher were reported from coastal sites during the past week.

Two evening grosbeaks were seen in Chatham on May 31.

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: 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.


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