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This week's Rare Bird Alert

September 20. 2013 8:07PM

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, Sept. 18.

A yellow-breasted chat was seen on Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals located off the coast of Rye, on Sept. 15.

A clay-colored sparrow was seen at the Goss Farm Conservation Area in Rye on Sept. 14.

Three Caspian terns were seen off of Great Boar’s Head in Hampton on Sept. 17.

Two Forster’s terns were seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on Sept. 15.

A western sandpiper was seen in Rye on Sept. 12.

A Baird’s sandpiper was seen in Hampton on Sept. 13, and again on Sept. 14.

A pectoral sandpiper was seen near Jackson Falls on the Nashua River in Nashua on Sept. 16, and one was seen at World End Pond in Salem on the 17th.

Twenty-two white-rumped sandpipers were tallied at Hampton Harbor on Sept. 17.

A lesser black-backed gull was seen near Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on Sept. 12, and again on the 18th.

A Bicknell’s thrush was heard near the summit of Mount Jackson in Crawford Notch in the White Mountains on Sept. 15.

Three American pipits were reported from coastal Rye on Sept. 15.

Two common nighthawks were reported from Little Round Top in Bristol on Sept. 13.

A peregrine falcon was reported from Dover on Sept. 17.

A black-crowned night-heron was seen at Town Landing in Durham on Sept. 17.

A cliff swallow was seen at Carter Hill in Concord on Sept. 17.

Two pied-billed grebes were seen at the Deer Hill Wildlife Management Area in Brentwood on Sept. 18.

There were several reports of yellow-bellied flycatcher, mourning warbler, Cape May warbler, Tennessee warbler, bay-breasted warbler, Wilson’s warbler, Philadelphia vireo, and Lincoln’s sparrow during the past week.

A flock of 20 evening grosbeaks was reported from Bedford on Sept. 12.Raptor migration is under way with more than 6,000 (2,837 on Sept. 17 alone!) of the migrating birds already reported from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and more than 3,000 reported from the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord, all since Sept. 1. 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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