Last Week's Rare Bird Alert

May 18. 2018 6:42PM

This is New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert for Monday, May 14.

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 both singing blue-winged warbler songs. At least one of the golden-winged warblers was reported on every day since the 9th during the past week.

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.

Approximate coordinates - 42.779088, -71.634577. A male blue-winged warbler has been reported from the same area.

A female golden-winged warbler was seen at N.H. Audubon’s Dahl Wildlife Sanctuary in North Conway on May 12. The bird was seen at the intersection of the main trail to the “Beach” where the Silver Maple loop trail goes left across from the stub trail to a private campground (right).

A hooded warbler was seen in Exeter on May 7.

A Bohemian waxwing was reported from N.H. Audubon’s Dahl Wildlife Sanctuary in North Conway on May 9.

A sandhill crane was seen in fields along Ledge Farm Road near Route 156 in Nottingham on May 7.

A snowy owl was seen at Hampton Harbor on May 7.

An adult little blue heron was seen in the salt marsh located along Route 1A in Rye just south of Odiorne Point State Park on May 8 and 9. A glossy ibis was seen at Pickering Ponds in Rochester on May 13.

An adult lesser black-backed gull was seen in Rye on May 12.

Seven Roseate terns were seen at the inlet to Hampton Harbor on May 11.

A razorbill was seen along the coast on May 13.

Five piping plovers were reported from Hampton Beach State Park on May 8.

Migrant shorebirds seen along the coast during the past week included: a stilt sandpiper, three short-billed dowitchers, four black-bellied plovers, and 15 least sandpipers on May 11; and 21 semipalmated sandpipers, 66 semipalmated plovers and 2 greater yellowlegs on the 13th.

Eight brant were seen along the coast from Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on May 12.

Nine red crossbills were reported from Barnstead, and five red crossbills were seen in Moultonborough, all on May 8. Five red crossbills were seen in Antrim on the 10th.

Two grasshopper sparrows were seen at the Concord Airport on May 7, and one was reported from the Cemetery Fields in Amherst on May 12.

Two horned larks were seen in New London on May 10.

A male black-backed woodpecker was seen on the Mud Pond Trail on May 10, and one was seen on the Little Cherry Pond Trail on May 12, both at the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson.

Newly returning migrants reported in small numbers during the past week included: black-billed cuckoo, blackpoll warbler, Cape May warbler and bay-breasted warbler.

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