This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 21.May 25. 2018 7:21PM
Two Mississippi kites were reported from Newmarket, where they are known to nest, on May 21.
A snowy owl was seen in Hampton Marsh behind Little Jack’s Restaurant along Route 1A in Hampton on May 15.
An Iceland gull was reported from Great Island Common in New Castle on May 20. An Iceland gull was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on May 18, and an American coot was seen here on the 16th.
Two Caspian terns were seen off of Ragged Neck in Rye on May 19; three Roseate terns were seen in Hampton Harbor on the 15th; and a common tern was seen on Surry Mountain Lake on May 20. Four least terns were seen on Seabrook Beach and one was seen in Hampton Harbor, all on May 20.
Twenty-two brant were seen along the coast on May 20.
A Northern fulmar was near shore in coastal Rye on May 20, and 13 Wilson’s storm-petrels were seen offshore at Jeffrey’s Ledge on May 17.
Three Upland sandpipers were seen at Pease International Tradeport in Newington on May 15; 15 purple sandpipers were seen at Rye Harbor State Park on the 19th; and two Dunlin were photographed at McDaniels Marsh in Springfield on May 20.
Two male golden-winged warblers were discovered along trails located on the west side of Federal Hill Road near the Hollis town line on May 9. Surprisingly, they are sometimes singing blue-winged warbler songs. At least one of the golden-winged warblers was reported on nearly every day since the 9th, and one was last reported on the 20th.
To attempt to see the bird(s): Park on the east side of Federal Hill Road just south of a large red house at the Hollis town line. Walk on a signed trail (Hollis Nor’Easters) on the west side of the road for less than a mile, bypassing multiple side trails. You will walk under power lines, pass several clearings in the woods, and then pass a beaver pond. Right after the beaver pond you will start up a hill into a clearing where there is a sign for the junction of Vista Trail and Loop Trail. This is where the birds have been most frequently seen. A male blue-winged warbler has been reported from the same area.
A male golden-winged warbler was photographed at a private residence in Strafford on May 18.
Six grasshopper sparrows were reported from the Concord Airport on May 17; five were reported from the old Hinsdale Raceway on May 17; four were reported from the Cemetery Fields in Amherst on the 19th; and one was reported from along McIntyre Road adjacent to Pease International Tradeport in Newington on May 15.
A fox sparrow was seen in the White Mountains on May 20.
Fourteen purple martins were seen off of Cross Beach Road in Seabrook on May 20.
Newly returning migrants reported in small numbers during the past week included: Philadelphia vireo, olive-sided flycatcher, yellow-bellied flycatcher, Eastern wood-peewee and common nighthawk.
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