Back in 2011 Amanda and I began keeping track of our bird sightings in my hometown of Salem, New Hampshire. Since then we have found some pretty amazing birds right under our noses and has kept us actively looking for more. This list was established in early 2016 and shows the list of what I refer to as “Salem’s Most Wanted Birds”. They are basically birds that we feel we SHOULD have gotten by now, and other rarities that I feel are certainly possible to see within the borders of Salem, NH.
Yellow-throated Vireo — WTF?!
Louisiana Waterthrush — WTF?!
Eastern Meadowlark — not really any habitat in town for these guys, but places like Hawkin’s and the Salem Transfer Station area has some potential during migration.
Northern Saw-whet Owl – winter months more likely, need to put in effort
Dunlin — surprised to not have this one
Stilt Sandpiper — rare, World End Pond potential
Dickcissel — grassland bird are tough, but Hawkin’s should get one eventually.
Snowy Egret — World End?
Acadian Flycatcher — feel like I should have this by now, but haven’t spent a lot of time looking at the right time of year.
Philadelphia Vireo — strictly migrant, hard to say where I might run into one but World End might have potential
Prothonotary Warbler — tough, overshoot?
Horned Grebe — Canobie Lake should have potential during migration.
Canvasback — Canobie Lake?
Cackling Goose – winter Goose flocks
Greater White-fronted Goose — winter Goose flocks
This next list is one of species that have been seen by others in Salem that I personally have NOT seen:
LAST FIVE SINCE WRITING THIS POST (updated 11/28/17)
LITTLE BLUE HERON