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Birding Resources


Publications about NH Birds and Birding

New Hampshire Audubon's Books, Booklets & Checklists — click here to visit's online store for details and to order any of the following:
A Checklist of the Birds of New Hampshire with bar graphs and birding information
A Guide to the Winter Gulls of Northern New England
The Atlas of Breeding Birds of New Hampshire
Birding the New Hampshire Seacoast
• Birds of New England and Birds of New Hampshire Field Checklist Cards
• New Hampshire Yardlist
• Tweeter Cheater

A Birders Guide to New Hampshire (ABA Birdfinding Guide) by Alan Delorey (Currently out of print.)

New Hampshire Atlas & Gazetteer, published by DeLorme, is an invaluable reference for finding your way to birding locations.

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Current NH Bird Sightings

NH Birding e-mail Lists

NHBirds – statewide. This e-mail list provides a forum to discuss birds and birding in New Hampshire, including recent sightings of rare and not-so-rare birds, conservation issues, and upcoming field trips. Steve Mirick is the list owner and moderator. It is a free list but you must subscribe in order to post to or receive messages from the list.

NHBirds provides:
• Rare bird sightings
• Weekly Rare Bird Alerts from New Hampshire Audubon
• Summaries of New Hampshire Christmas Bird Counts
• Reports of migration, winter irruptives, and other bird highlights
• Sightings from recent field trips

To receive e-mails with a simple subscription, send an empty e-mail (no text in subject or body) to this address:

For more advanced e-mail options you must create a Google account. For more information about the list and how to post a message or create a Google account, visit the Google Groups NHBirds Information Page.

Archives of the NHBirds e-mail list can also be found on the following web sites:

Google Groups

PemiBirdercentral New Hampshire.

UpperValley BirdersUpper Connecticut River Valley.

NH Rare Bird Alert (RBA)

Web: Current and past RBAs are on the New Hampshire Audubon web site.

The RBA is posted to the NH.Birds and other state list serves. Other birding web sites also carry the current RBA, as well as those from other states.
The Virtual Birder
Birding on the Net
Archives of BIRDEAST– carries nationwide RBAs. National Birding Hotline Cooperative (East)

Phone: The current RBA is available by phone at New Hampshire Audubon , 603-224-9909 – ask to be transferred to the Rare Bird Alert, or press 2 as directed by the recording.

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Where to Bird in NH

NH Birding Wiki site has directions to various birding locations in the state, posted by individual birders.

Birding the New Hampshire Seacoast – NH Audubon publication by Steve Mirick, available at the Concord Audubon Nature Store and on the web.

A Birders Guide to New Hampshire (ABA Birdfinding Guide) by Alan Delorey. (Currently out of print.)

New Hampshire Bird Records publishes articles regularly on where to bird in New Hampshire. Check the contents of each issue for Where to Bird articles and free feature articles.

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Finding Bicknell's Thrush and Boreal Specialties in New Hampshire

Classic boreal species (Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker, and Spruce Grouse) are found in spruce-fir habitat and may be seen in the Lake Umbagog area. They can sometimes be found along the Magalloway River while canoeing out to the lake or in the area between Route 26 and the western shore of the lake. A drive along the 13 Mile Woods on Route 16 south from Errol may turn up nesting Black-backed Woodpeckers and occasional sightings of the other three boreal species.

Outside of the Lake Umbagog area, the Pittsburg area and the higher elevations of the White Mountain National Forest are your best bets for finding these species. In Pittsburg, check the East Inlet and Scott Bog area as well as Moose Falls and Deer Mountain (including the Deer Mountain Campground on Rt. 3).

In the White Mountains, any spruce-fir habitat has potential for boreal species, particularly areas above 3,000 feet. A drive along the Jefferson Notch Road and a stop at the Caps Ridge trailhead may produce all four species. Spruce Grouse are regularly reported in the Mizpah Springs hut area near Mount Jackson and Mount Webster. This area contains excellent habitat for the other three species and makes a nice hiking loop for those in good shape. Mount Willard in Crawford Notch is an easy trail with good potential for Boreal Chickadees and Gray Jays.

Bicknell's Thrush is a highly sought-after bird of the high elevation spruce-first. There are two popular places to look and listen for Bicknell's Thrush that do not require a hike. One is the Mt. Washington Auto Road from the Half-Way House or higher and the other is the top of Cannon Mountain which can be reached by a tram (for a fee). In addition, you can listen for Bicknell's Thrush at the overlook rocks about a mile up the Caps Ridge trail (mentioned above) towards Mount Jefferson or on any high elevation hike in the Presidential peaks of the White Mountains.

Spruce-fir areas in the White Mountains are also good for finding Blackpoll Warblers and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers. Any hike in the White Mountains requires a good map and adequate preparation for the trail difficulty and weather conditions. Even in the summer, a hike to high elevation can be dangerous because the weather can change quickly and unexpectedly. Consult one of the local visitor centers for more information.

If you can't hike, try one of the ski areas (such as Cannon Mountain or Wildcat Mountain) that offer summer rides to the summits. For information on hiking trails, check the AMC White Mountain Guide. Detailed road maps can be found in the DeLorme New Hampshire Atlas and Gazetteer. A Birder's Guide to New Hampshire by Alan Delorey is a comprehensive bird finding guide for the state.

These are only a few ideas of places to find boreal species. Keep your eye out for them in any spruce-fir habitat. Good luck!

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NH Christmas Bird Count

Birdwatchers brave cold temperatures and all weather conditions to survey birds in a designated "count circle" on a given day. A count's survey area stays the same from year to year, comprising a circle fifteen miles in diameter around a central point. International in scope, the Christmas Bird Count is organized and compiled by the National Audubon Society, who coordinates all count circles so they don't overlap. There are 21 counts in New Hampshire , and they are open to all interested birders. Many are run by New Hampshire Audubon Chapters. Each count picks its own particular survey day each year between December 14 and January 5. Teams go out and survey sections of the count circle, but there are also feeder watchers within the circle who tally the birds in their backyards. View count circles and dates for the location of the state's Christmas Bird Counts and who to contact if you are interested in participating.

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New Hampshire State Bird List

On April 15, 2009, a subcommittee was formed by the New Hampshire Rare Bird Committee (NHRBC) for the purpose of developing an "official" New Hampshire State Bird List. The intent of the list was to establish a baseline of accepted bird species which have occurred in New Hampshire following the current taxonomy accepted by the American Ornithologists' Union in the 7th edition of their checklist and its supplements. The list is not meant to include all records for each of the rare birds, but rather to assure that there is at least one credible record for each species that is included on the list.

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Birding Workshops and Field Trips

New Hampshire Audubon and its associated chapters offer field trips and birding workshops. View the New Hampshire Audubon Chapter page and then select individual chapters to view field trip and workshop information.

Other Helpful Birding Web Sites

NH Audubon Chapters

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Historical Bird Publications and Information

The Francis Beach White Library at New Hampshire Audubon, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH, has a collection of books and journals that are focused on birds and natural history, especially in the New England area, but also includes national and international resources. There are excellent historical bird publications of value to researchers. Contact NH Audubon for information on library hours or to make an appointment, 603-224-9909.

New Hampshire Bird Records archives at New Hampshire Audubon contain historical bird reports and journals prior to the computerization of records in 1986. Contact the Managing Editor for more information.

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