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This Week's Rare Bird Alert

October 11. 2013 9:51PM

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, Oct. 9.

A black skimmer was seen in Hampton Harbor on Oct. 1, 2, and 3.

A little gull, four Forster’s terns, a common tern, and a western sandpiper were all seen in Hampton Harbor on Oct. 5.

Two parasitic jaegers and 25 laughing gulls were reported from coastal Rye on Oct. 6.

A Bonaparte’s gull was seen on the Connecticut River near Hanover on Oct. 6.

A lark sparrow was seen at Morrill’s Farm in Penacook on Oct. 5.

An orange-crowned warbler was seen along Abbott Road in Concord on Oct. 6.

A long-billed dowitcher was seen in Hampton on Oct. 3 and 4.

Two American golden plovers and a lesser yellowlegs were seen at Morrill’s Farm in Penacook on Oct. 6.

An American golden plover was seen along the Androscoggin River just west of Lake Umbagog on Oct. 6.

Two pectoral sandpipers were seen in Rochester on Oct. 4.

A short-eared owl was seen flying over Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey on Oct. 5, and four horned larks were also seen.

Five brant were seen along the coast on Oct. 6.

A snow goose and a rusty blackbird were reported from the Carter Hill Orchard in Concord on Oct. 8.

A red-breasted merganser was seen at Lake Nubanusit in Hancock on Oct. 4.

Eight horned grebes were seen on Lake Umbagog on Oct. 5.

A flock of 18 black scoters was seen on the Connecticut River in Hinsdale, and seven surf scoters were seen at the Moore Reservoir in Littleton, all on Oct. 6.

A pair of spruce grouse was seen in Cambridge, west of Lake Umbagog, on Oct. 4.

A pair of gray jays was seen on the summit of Mount Webster, and a pair was seen on the summit of Mount Jackson in the White Mountains on Oct. 5. Three gray jays were seen in Errol on the 6th.

A female black-backed woodpecker was seen in Errol on Oct. 5.

A pair of black-backed woodpeckers and a pied-billed grebe were seen at Little Cherry Pond in Jefferson on Oct. 5.

Two American bitterns were seen at World End Pond in Salem on Oct. 9, and a fish crow, a great cormorant, a rusty blackbird, a sora, two Virginia rails, and two marsh wrens were seen here on the 5th.

An American bittern was seen near Powder Mill Pond in Hancock on Oct. 3.

An eastern screech-owl was heard in Bedford on Oct. 6.

Twenty turkey vultures were seen in Weare on Oct. 6, 20 were seen in Berlin on the 4th, and 30 were seen in Durham on the 3rd.

There were several reports of merlins and peregrine falcons from scattered locations during the past week.Raptor migration is under way with more than 10,000 reported from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and more than 10,400 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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