This week's Rare Bird Alert
This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, April 30.
A snowy owl was seen in the dunes at Hampton Beach State Park on April 28.
A red-headed woodpecker was seen at a private residence in Newmarket on April 28 and 29.
An adult male orchard oriole was seen at Nubanusit Neighborhood and Farm in Peterborough on April 28.
A snow goose continued to be seen at Sawyer’s Fields along Intervale Road in Gilford during the past week and was last reported on April 24. Also present on the 24th was a pair of gadwall.
Twentyred-necked grebes, three northern shovelers, and a northern pintail were seen on Great Bay on April 30.
Two horned grebes were seen at McDaniel’s Marsh in Haverhill, two were seen at Mascoma Lake in Enfield, and two were seen along with six red-necked grebes on the Connecticut River above the Wilder Dam, all on April 26.
Seven horned grebes, and twored-necked grebes were seen on the Connecticut River at the Kilowatt South site on the Connecticut River on April 30.
Eleven red-necked grebes, six horned grebes, six red-breasted mergansers, eight common goldeneye, a lesser scaup, over 100 buffleheads, 16 greater yellowlegs, a lesser yellowlegs, and at least 41 Bonaparte’s gulls were seen on Great Bay on April 27.
A pair of blue-winged teal were seen at Great Bay in Newmarket on April 28.
Three blue-winged teal, eight greater yellowlegs, alesser yellowlegs, and two Wilson’s snipe were seen in farm fields in East Kingston on April 27.
A pair of blue-winged teal, a Wilson’s snipe, threebank
swallows, and a fish crow were seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on April 27.
Twenty-seven lesser scaup were seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant on April 27.
A long-tailed duck was seen at Great Pond in Kingston on April 28.
Three great egrets and a green heron were seen at Mill Pond in Durham, and a Virginia rail was reported from Colby Marsh on Longmarsh Road in Durham, all on April 26.
A willet and a laughing gull were seen along the coast on April 30.
A spotted sandpiper was seen at Dodge Pond in Lyman on April 27.
A spotted sandpiper, a black-and-white warbler, a gray catbird, a bank swallow, and a cliff swallow were all reported from near the Connecticut River in Hinsdale on April 26, and a marsh wren was seen here on the 28th.
A pair of evening grosbeaks was reported from Richmond on April 26 and 29.
Two rusty blackbirds were seen at Riddles Marsh in Hebron on April 27.
An estimated 100 chimney swifts were seen at Field’s Grove in Nashua, and a single chimney swift was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord, all on April 30.Bank swallows, barn swallows, northern rough-winged swallows, and tree swallows were reported during the past week.
Early-spring songbird reports during the past week included: Eastern phoebes, palm, pine, and yellow-rumped warblers, black-throated green warblers, Louisiana waterthrushes, ruby-crowned kinglets, hermit thrushes, Eastern towhees, brown thrashers, Eastern meadowlarks, killdeer, Wilson’s snipe, field sparrows, and Savannah sparrows.
A flock of more than 75 cedar waxwings was seen in Nashua on April 27.
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: email@example.com. 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 online at the New Hampshire Audubon web site, www.nhaudubon.org.