This Week's Rare Bird Alert
This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, Aug. 20.
A yellow-headed blackbird was seen in Benton on Aug. 13 but has not been seen again.
A red-necked phalarope was seen close to shore off Seabrook Beach on Aug. 15.
Two Baird’s sandpipers were seen at the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on Aug. 16, and a single Baird’s sandpiper and a pectoral sandpiper were seen here on the 19th. The treatment plant is gated and the hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. If you visit, please check in at the office and be out of the plant by 2:45 so that plant personnel do not have to ask birders to leave. Do not drive on the dikes and do not block the road. The Trails at Pickering Ponds, located east of the plant, are not gated and are always open during daylight hours.
A manx shearwater was seen off the coast of Rye on Aug. 18.
Two least terns and two laughing gulls were reported from the coast on Aug. 17.
A whimbrel and 17 white-rumped sandpipers were seen in Hampton Harbor on Aug. 17.
A pectoral sandpiper was seen in Hampton Marsh on Aug. 17.
An upland sandpiper was seen at Pease International Tradeport from the golf course parking lot on Aug. 18.
A semipalmated plover was seen at Streeter Pond in Sugar Hill on Aug. 18.
Five lesser yellowlegs and a semipalmated sandpiper were seen in Charlestown on Aug. 19.
Forty-one black-crowned night herons were seen along Island Path in Hampton on Aug. 18.
A great egret was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on Aug. 15.
A Tennessee warbler was seen in Freedom on Aug. 17.
An olive-sided flycatcher was seen in Westmoreland on Aug. 15.
Five purple martins were seen along Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on Aug. 17.
A fish crow was reported from coastal Seabrook on Aug. 17.
A few cuckoos were reported during the past week including two black-billed cuckoos from Lyman on Aug. 17, one from Etna on the 17th, and a yellow-billed cuckoo from Amherst on the 17th.
A few merlins and peregrine falcons were seen during the past week.Common nighthawks are beginning to be seen migrating south. Highlights during the past week include 150 reported from Keene on Aug. 20, 41 in Concord on the 18th, 71 in Suncook on the 18th, 38 in Peterborough on the 17th, and 25 in Merrimack on the 17th.
An estimated 400 bobolinks were reported from N.H. Fish & Game’s Bellamy River Wildlife Management Area in Dover on Aug. 18.
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.