As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday 27 June 2014

Rare bird alert: Rare bicknell thrush, Black-backed woodpecker spotted

FRANCONIA, N.H. —The Bicknell's thursh, a rare neo-tropical migrant whose nesting habitat is at high elevations, is being heard by hikers and birders on Mount Kinsman, Pierce and Eisenhower.

Hikers reported two Bicknell's thrushes, two boreal chickadees, an olive-sided flycatcher, a spurce grouse and an Eastern screech-owl, all on June 17 on Mount Kinsman.

They were reported as part of the New Hampshire Audubon"s Rare Bird Alert. Here's the alert for June 23.

Birders hiking on Mount Pierce and Mount Eisenhower reported 16 Bicknell's thrushes as well as a black-backed woodpecker, four boreal chickadees, five gray jays and five fox sparrow on June 21-22.

A Mississippi kite was seen in Newmarket on June 22.

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

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