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This Week's Rare Bird Alert

September 27. 2013 9:40PM

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, Sept. 25.

A rufous hummingbird has been seen visiting a birdfeeder at a private residence in Durham on Sept. 22 and 24.

A clapper rail was seen and photographed in the marsh located on the west side of Route 1A opposite Wallis Sands in Rye on Sept. 24.

A blue grosbeak in brown plumage was seen at the Concord Community Gardens along Birch Lane off of Clinton Street in Concord on Sept. 23.

Five dickcissels were reported during the past week, including one in Pittsfield and one at the cornfields behind the U.S. Post Office on Loudon Road in Concord on Sept. 25, one at Concord Community Gardens on the 20th and 22nd, and one in Freedom and one at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on the 21st.

Two clay-colored sparrows were reported from Hinsdale on Sept. 23.

There have been numerous sightings of white-throated sparrows along with a few sightings of white-crowned sparrows and Lincoln’s sparrows during the past week. Of particular note were 17 Lincoln’s sparrows tallied at the fields of Sherman Farm in East Conway on Sept. 25.

A Connecticut warbler was seen along the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on Sept. 22.

A yellow-breasted chat was seen at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on Sept. 21.

There were several reports of Philadelphia vireo, Cape May warbler, Tennessee warbler, Wilson’s warbler, palm warbler, and American pipit during the past week.

A little gull, and two Caspian terns were seen from Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on Sept. 21.

A lesser black-backd gull was seen near Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on Sept. 24.

A Baird’s sandpiper was seen at Hampton Beach State Park, and a whimbrel was seen near the north end of Hampton Beach, both on Sept. 19.

Two western sandpipers were seen on Foss Beach in Rye on Sept. 22, and a flock of five American golden plovers was seen in Rochester on Sept. 24.

Two northern shovelers, three American wigeon, a northern pintail, 15 blue-winged teal and 10 green-winged teal were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on Sept. 21.

A late-migrating common nighthawk was seen in Salem on Sept. 20.

A pair of peregrine falcons was seen roosting in downtown Concord on Sept. 19.

Raptor migration is under way with nearly 9,000 already reported from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and more than 9,500 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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