This Week's Rare Bird Alert
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 pair of peregrine falcons was seen roosting in downtown Concord on Sept. 19.