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This week's Rare Bird Alert

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, Sept. 11.

A group of birders visited Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals located off the coast of Rye on Sept. 9. Highlights from the visit included: a whimbrel, a laughing gull, three Caspian terns, a black-billed cuckoo, two Philadelphia vireos, three bank swallows, two Carolina wrens, two ruby-crowned kinglets, three Cape May warblers, a palm warbler, two bay-breasted warblers, three Blackpoll warblers, an American redstart, two northern waterthrushes, a mourning warbler, two Wilson's warblers, a yellow-breasted chat, a clay-colored sparrow, and a lark sparrow.A bay-breasted warbler was reported from Ashland, two Tennessee warblers were reported from Peterborough, and a Tennessee warbler was reported from Nashua, all on Sept. 5.

A great egret was seen at Rockingham Park in Salem on Sept. 7.

Two semipalmated plovers were seen at New Hampshire Audubon’s Ponemah Bog Sanctuary, and two were seen at World End Pond in Salem, all on Sept. 5.Raptor migration is under way with them already being seen from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and from the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord. Be sure to visit these New Hampshire Audubon sponsored observatories this fall season to help out with the count.
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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