RBA, New Hampshire, January 16, 2017


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-RBA
*New Hampshire
*January 16, 2017
*NHNH0116=2E17=20

This is New Hampshire Audubon's Rare Bird Alert for Monday, January 16th,
2017=2E=20

A VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Swanzey on December 12th and it has been=

seen many times since then=2E It was last reported on January 16th=2E The =
bird
has been seen visiting a birdfeeder on the side of a house at 117 Westport=

Village Road and has been visible from the road=2E The house is very close=
 to
the road, which is very busy with little room for parking=2E The best opti=
on
may be to park on the southeast side of the road between Depot Road and
Sandy Road just south of the feeder location and walk to the feeders=2E Be=

sure to leave adequate room for large trucks to get by and do not block an=
y
driveways=2E Please be respectful of the neighbors=2E The bird has usually=
 been
seen in the mid-morning and early afternoon, and has also been seen across=

the street and along Depot Road and Sandy Road=2E

A SNOWY OWL was seen in Hampton Marsh behind Little Jack's Restaurant on
Route 1A in Hampton on January 15th=2E For more information about owl
viewing, open the link:
http://www=2Enhaudubon=2Eorg/snowy-owl-viewing-observe-without-disturbing/=


A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in coastal Rye on January 10th=2E

A GLAUCOUS GULL and 2 ICELAND GULLS were seen at the Rochester Wastewater
Treatment Plant on January 12th=2E The treatment plant is gated and the ho=
urs
of operation are 7:30-3:00 on weekdays=2E If you visit, please check in at=

the office and be out of the plant by 2:45 so that plant personnel do not
have to ask birders to leave=2E Do not drive on the dikes and do not block=

the road=2E The Trails at Pickering Ponds, located east of the plant, are =
not
gated, and are always open during daylight hours=2E

An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Swazey Parkway in Exeter on January 12th=2E=


A male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the southeast part of Great Bay in
Greenland on January 10th, and 14th=2E

2 male BARROW=92S GOLDENEYES were seen near Stark Landing on the Merrimack=

River in Manchester on January 10th=2E

2 REDHEADS were seen on Great Bay on January 14th=2E

A WOOD DUCK was seen at Horseshoe Pond in Merrimack on January 16th=2E

A male NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen at wetlands near Daniel Webster College i=
n
Nashua, and 1 was seen at the Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, both on
January 15th=2E =20

9 RAZORBILLS were seen from Great Island Common in New Castle on January
15th=2E

21 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen in coastal Rye on January 14th=2E

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Beaver Brook Great Meadow in Hollis on
January 14th=2E

A flock of 7 PINE GROSBEAKS was seen along Ossipee Mountain Road in
Moultonborough on January 11th=2E

A flock of 56 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen in North Conway on January 14th=2E=


4 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen in Jackson on January 10th=2E

A flock of over 150 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen in Durham on January 10th=2E

A flock of 25 HORNED LARKS was seen in Durham on January 10th, and a flock=

of 150 was seen in Newfields on the 14th=2E

16 EVENING GROSBEAKS and 24 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen at a private
residence in Jefferson on January 9th=2E

A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was seen in North Hampton on January 14th, and a PIN=
E
WARBLER was seen in Newmarket on the 15th=2E=2E

A WINTER WREN was seen in Rochester on January 11th, and Merrimack on the
12th=2E

A CAROLINA WREN was seen in Pittsfield on January 12th=2E

A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen in Rye on January 8th and 10th,1 was seen
in Greenland on the 14th, and 1 was seen in Hinsdale on the 16th=2E

A HERMIT THRUSH was seen in Penacook on January 15th, and 1 was seen in Ry=
e
on the 14th=2E=20

A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in Pittsfield on January 6th and 10th, a FIELD=

SPARROW was seen at Woodmont Orchard in Hollis on January 11th, and a FOX
SPARROW was seen in Greenland on the 14th=2E

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported from Exeter and 1 was seen in
Nashua, both on January 15th=2E

6 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen in East Kingston on January 15th=2E
=20
A TURKEY VULTURE was seen in Kensington on January 10th,1 was seen in
Epping on the 12th, and 8 were seen in Exeter on the 15th=2E

A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen in Rochester on January 11th, and 1 was seen
in Exeter on the 12th=2E

Raptor sightings reported during the past week included: 10 BALD EAGLES in=

Gilford on January 16th, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK in Newmarket, 1 in Etna, and 1=

in Hollis, all on the 15th, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK in Chichester on the
15th, an AMERICAN KESTREL in Hollis and 1 in Exeter both on the 15th, a
PEREGRINE FALCON in Walpole on the 14th,1 was seen in Salem on the 12th,
and 1 was seen in Hampton on the 10th,  a MERLIN in Nashua on the 16th and=

1 in Greenland on the 12th, a NORTHERN HARRIER in Stratham on the 14th, an=
d
a few COOPER'S HAWKS and SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS from scattered locations=2E

The Annual Backyard Winter Bird Survey takes place during the second
weekend in February and is coordinated by NH Audubon=2E Participants repor=
t
any bird species visiting their yard and/or feeders in New Hampshire=2E Th=
e
survey gathers information on the distribution and abundance of many winte=
r
species in New Hampshire=2E To learn more about the Survey, how to
participate, past results, and other information, navigate to:
http://nhbirdrecords=2Eorg/bird-conservation/bwbs/backyard-winter-bird-sur=
vey/

This message is also available by phone recording: call (603) 224-9909 and=

press 4 as directed or ask to be transferred=2E 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:
birdsetc@nhaudubon=2Eorg=2E Please put either "bird sighting" or "Rare Bir=
d
Alert" in the subject line and be sure to include your mailing address and=

phone number=2E The RBA is also available on-line at the New Hampshire
Audubon web site, www=2Enhaudubon=2Eorg

Thanks very much and good birding=2E


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