New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Aug. 20

August 22. 2014 7:50PM

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Wednesday, Aug. 20.

An immature-plumaged blue grosbeak was seen among a flock of over 50 indigo buntings at Morrill’s Farm in Penacook on Aug. 17th. If you bird Morrill’s Farm, please respect private property and stay on the railroad tracks or farm roads.

The best place to park is north of the wastewater treatment plant (then walk the tracks south), but note that this area is currently a staging ground for the major construction in downtown Penacook — so be sure to stay out of their way.

A possible immature-plumaged summer tanager was reported from Chichester on Aug. 17.

A marbled godwit was seen in Hampton Harbor on Aug. 20.

A red-necked phalarope was seen and photographed on Lake Coniston in Croyden on Aug. 16.

An immature white ibis was discovered at Awcomin Marsh in Rye on July 11 and was last reported on Aug. 15. It has most recently reported from the Little River Saltmarsh in North Hampton, where a snowy egret-tricolored heron hybrid was also seen.

An immature little blue heron and a glossy ibis were reported from coastal Rye on Aug. 16 and 17, and a fish crow and a glossy ibis were seen in Hampton Harbor on Aug. 16.

A least tern was seen in Hampton on Aug. 17, and a roseate tern was seen in coastal Rye on Aug. 15.

At least two Mississippi kites have been seen regularly during the summer in Newmarket, where they have nested during the past several years. They successfully hatched and are currently raising a young Mississippi kite.

Two sandhill cranes have returned to their summering grounds in Monroe and are raising a young sandhill crane. They can sometimes be seen in fields along the Connecticut River nearly as far as 1 mile 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.Six red crossbills were seen at the southern end of Chocorua Lake in Tamworth on Aug. 18.

A Bicknell’s thrush was seen on Mount Washington on Aug. 16.

A bay-breasted warbler was reported from Rumney on Aug. 14, and a Cape May warbler was reported from Tamworth on Aug. 16.

Two olive-sided flycatchers were seen near the Mount Washington Regional Airport in Whitefield on Aug. 16.

Four Philadelphia vireos were reported from a private residence in West Rumney on Aug. 20.

Two purple martins were seen from Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on Aug. 14.

A sora was reported from McDaniel’s Marsh in Grafton on Aug. 16.

A Boreal chickadee was seen at Black Mountain in Jackson on Aug. 14.

A merlin was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Concord on Aug. 15 and 18.

More than 270 migrating common nighthawks were seen in Concord and more than 100 were seen in Hancock, all on Aug. 19.

A birder on a Granite State Whale Watch out of Rye Harbor reported seeing: eight Cory’s shearwaters, 14 great shearwaters, a manx shearwater, five Wilson’s storm-petrels, two great cormorants and a black guillemot on Aug. 16.

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 email 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 online at the New Hampshire Audubon website,

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