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July 04. 2014 7:23PM

This Week's Rare Bird Alert

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, June 30.

At least two Mississippi kites are being seen regularly in Newmarket, where they have nested during the past several years.

An Acadian flycatcher was discovered off of Bennett Road in Durham on May 24 and has been seen many times since then. It was last reported on June 22. It has been seen and heard singing less than 1 mile from Route 108 on the north side of the road, among scattered alders in a field and near a small pond.

Two sandhill cranes have returned to their summering grounds in Monroe and can sometimes be seen in fields along the Connecticut River as far as 9 miles north of the town center and also in fields along Plains Road. If you look for these birds, please do not venture onto the farm fields, which are privately owned.

A fox sparrow, a spruce grouse with five chicks, and two black-backed woodpeckers were all reported from Magalloway Mountain Road in Pittsburg on June 25.

A Boreal chickadee nest was found in a large dead paper birch snag located on the northeast side of the Caps Ridge Trail parking lot off of Jefferson Notch Road in the White Mountains. The snag is multi-trunked and about 20 feet tall with snapped off tops. The cavity nest hole is on the left-most trunk as viewed from the parking lot. Adult Boreal chickadees were seen visiting the nest on June 28 and 29.

Hikers that took the Caps Ridge Trail off of Jefferson Notch Road in the White Mountains on the to the summit of Mount Jefferson reported three fox sparrows, eight Bicknell’s thrushes, two American pipits, a red crossbill, and 12 yellow-bellied flycatchers, all on June 29.

A bird surveyor on the Davis Path to Stairs Mountain in Crawford Notch in the White Mountains reported four Boreal chickadees, 10 Bicknell’s thrushes and 12 Yellow-bellied flycatchers on June 29.

A Bicknell’s thrush was seen well at the south end of the Rim Trail on Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch on June 29.

A pair of rusty blackbirds and a group of red crossbills were all reported from Loveren Mill Cedar Swamp in Antrim on June 29.

A possible rusty blackbird was reported from the Guinea Pond Trail off of Sandwich Notch Road on June 18.

A black-billed cuckoo was heard in Durham on June 28, and one was heard in Hebron on June 29.

A group of 139 chimney swifts was seen roosting together in Lebanon on June 24.

Two common nighthawk nests were located in Concord during the past week.

This message 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 email 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 online at the New Hampshire Audubon website, www.nhaudubon.org.


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