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November 08. 2013 9:32PM

This Week's Rare Bird Alert

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Tuesday, Nov. 5.

A male Calliope hummingbird has been seen and photographed visiting hummingbird birdfeeders at a private residence in Manchester since Oct. 6. It was most recently reported on Nov. 5.

A western kingbird was seen in Sutton on Nov. 2 and reported again on the 3rd.

A cattle egret was seen migrating south in Rye on Nov. 3.

Two adult male Eurasian wigeons were seen in the southeast corner of Great Bay on Nov. 3.

A greater white fronted goose continues to be seen with Canada geese on Main Street just below the 12th Street bridge in Berlin and was most recently reported on Oct. 30.

Three golden eagles were seen from atop Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on Nov. 3, and one was seen there on the 2nd. A golden eagle was seen from Powder Mill Pond in Hancock on Nov. 1.

A rough-legged hawk was seen in Dover on Oct. 30.

An Iceland gull was seen at Rockingham Park in Salem on Nov. 4, and one was seen on the Connecticut River near Hanover on the 5th.

Two laughing gulls and five Lapland longspurs were seen along the coast, all on Nov. 3.

There were numerous reports of snow buntings during the past week, including 220 at Hampton Beach State Park on Nov. 3, and 12 on the upper slopes of Mount Lafayette on Nov. 2.Six ruddy ducks were seen on Otter Lake in Greenfield on Nov. 1.

Three American coots were seen on Eel Pond in Rye on Nov. 3.A group of bird watchers counted 94 species of birds in Concord on Nov. 2 and 3. Highlights included: a northern pintail, two greater scaup, nine black scoters, a surf scoter, a long-tailed duck, a red-breasted merganser, a killdeer, three American woodcocks, a yellow-bellied sapsucker, an eastern phoebe, 10 ruby-crowned kinglets, six hermit thrushes, 170 American pipits, a Lapland longspur, two common yellowthroats, a pine warbler, a prairie warbler, seven palm warblers, an American tree sparrow, a Lincoln’s sparrow, three white-crowned sparrows, two eastern meadowlarks, and more than 60 rusty blackbirds.Raptor migration is under way with more than 10,400 reported from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory in Peterborough, and more than 11,000 from the Carter Hill Observatory in Concord, all since Sept. 1.

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: birdsetc@nhaudubon.org. 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, www.nhaudubon.org.


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