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This Week's Rare Bird Alert

June 21. 2013 10:16PM
A male red-winged blackbird appears to be letting out a squawk to warn intruders away as he perches on a tree branch at the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn. Males are extremely territorial and have been known to dive bomb intruders, squawking at them to leave. But he may also be, points out Becky Suomala, biologist with NH Audubon, singing to attract females and “to let other males know that he’s the boss in this area!” (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, June 19.

Two sandhill cranes were seen feeding in a field along Plains Road, and visible from both Plains Road and Coppermine Road, in Monroe on June 12.

An Acadian flycatcher was seen north of Horseshoe Pond in Concord on June 9. To try to see this bird, follow the railroad track and then the river path north of Horseshoe Pond — the bird was seen foraging in and around a large tree at the foot of the railroad embankment, beside a large meadow.

Two soras, three Virginia rails, and a possible least bittern were reported from the marsh on Geremonty Drive in Salem on June 12.

Two marsh wrens were reported from the Surrey Lane marsh in Durham on June 15.

Birders on the coast reported seven great egrets, eight snowy egrets, a green heron, three willets, six Bonaparte's gulls, six roseate terns, two Nelson's sparrows, and a saltmarsh sparrow on June 15 and a black-crowned night-heron was seen on the 16th.

Two Bicknell's thrushes were seen on Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch on June 16.

A pair of black-backed woodpeckers and a single chick continue to be seen along the forest road at the Trudeau Road wetlands in Bethlehem, and were last reported on June 18.

A peregrine falcon was seen along Pleasant Street in Concord on June 15.

Six purple martins, and a merlin were reported from Great East Lake in Wakefield on June 16.

An orchard oriole was reported from Pickering Ponds in Rochester on June 16.

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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