State of New Hampshire
New Hampshire is one of the six New England states in the northeastern corner of the US, encompassing an area of approximately 9,000 square miles, placing it as the 44th state in size. The state is heavily forested, with rolling hills and rugged mountains. From the Atlantic seacoast to the White Mountain National Forest to the northern boreal forests, New Hampshire has many easily-accessible birding areas and a wealth of public lands. This diversity of habitat also provides for a great diversity of bird species. Approximately 390 species of birds have been recorded in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire is easily accessible by air from Boston's Logan International airport or Manchester municipal airport. Whether you have just a few days or more than a week there are ample birding opportunities. The sections below highlight the most productive birding areas in the state.
For more complete details on birding in New Hampshire, see:
A Birder's Guide to New Hampshire by Alan Delorey, published by the American Birding Association.
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Connecticut Lakes Region
The Connecticut Lakes Region in extreme northern New Hampshire, along the Canadian border provides year-round birding opportunities, but is most hospitable during summer. Numerous logging roads provide access to the prime boreal birding areas. Species to expect include year-round Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay and Boreal Chickadee; plus summer-time Olive-sided, Yellow-bellied and Alder Flycatchers, Bay-breasted, Blackpoll and Mourning Warblers, Lincoln's Sparrow, and Rusty Blackbird. This is another area to expect winter finches. Moose are numerous, and the sharp-eyed observer should see Snowshoe Hare.
Pawtuckaway State Park
Pawtuckaway State Park affords good birding during spring, summer and fall. This large, and relatively undeveloped park, in southeastern New Hampshire attracts a curious blend of both northern and southern species. Access the undeveloped part of the park from Reservation Road off State Route 107 in Deerfield and follow signs towards the lookout tower. Specialties to look for include Common Raven, Winter Wren, Blackburnian Warbler, Purple Finch and Evening Grosbeaks; plus Yellow-throated Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Cerulean Warbler and Louisiana Waterthrush.
The seacoast region provides excellent birding opportunities year-round. In spring and fall be sure to visit Odiorne Point State Park in Rye for migrant warblers and other songbirds. In fall plan to arrive at Seabrook Harbor at low tide for the shorebird show. During winter scope the offshore waters for sea ducks and alcids and check open grassy areas for Snowy Owls, Horned Larks, Lapland Longspurs, and Snow Buntings. Fall storms with east winds provide an excellent opportunity to see pelagic birds from the shore at Ragged Neck or Pulpit Rock. Offshore trips depart from Seabrook, Hampton, and Rye during the summer and fall.
White Mountain National Forest
The White Mountain National Forest is well worth a visit from spring through fall; or even in winter if you seek to find winter finches (Pine Grosbeak, both crossbills, Pine Siskins and Evening Grosbeaks). Bicknell`s Thrush is a highly sought-after target bird. The most accessible locations for this species include the following. Take the aerial tramway to the top of Mount Cannon from Franconia Notch State Park. Hike up the Caps Ridge Trail from Jefferson Notch which starts out at an elevation of 3,000 feet. Drive your car up Mount Washington from U.S. Route 16 in Pinkham Notch. You should also find a diverse selection of boreal birds in these areas. Peregrine Falcons nest on cliffs in Franconia and Crawford Notches.
Author - A Birder's Guide to New Hampshire
Number of Species
Number of bird species: 399
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Ammonoosuc Chapter of NH Audubon
Meetings are held the third Wednesday of September, October, November, January, February, March and April at 7 PM at the Rocks Estate in Bethlehem, NH. Meetings are free and open to the public. The Chapter maintains the Scotland Brook Sanctuary in Landaff and assists at the Pondicherry NWR in Jefferson and Whitefield…
Amoskeag Chapter of NH Audubon
The twelve chapters of ASNH bring our mission into communities throughout the state of New Hampshire. Each chapter is organized by a group of committed volunteers and provide field trip and program opportunities for members and nonmembers alike. Many chapters undertake special projects such as bluebird trails, sanctuary management, bird seed sales, Christmas Bird Counts and other special events…
Capital Area Chapter of NH Audubon
The Capital Area Chapter (CAC); established in 1982, is the Society's largest chapter (about 1400 members); its area in the south-central portion of the State includes Concord and 22 surrounding towns, including at least one town in each of five of the State's ten counties.
Lakes Region Chapter of New Hampshire Audubon
We offer free monthly programs held at The Loon Center in Moultonborough NH. In a comfortable,informal setting local experts share stories and information about birds,animals,weather,the environment,and all things nature. For more information on our programs held on the third Thursday evening of the month, go to Programs…
Loon Preservation Society
The Loon Center in Moultonborough, NH, is the focal point of our educational activities. The Loon Center has allowed LPC to expand its outreach efforts through increased public awareness of the Common Loon and its challenges. Open 6 days a week year-round and 7 days a week from July 1st to Columbus Day, our displays, exhibits, award-winning videos and interpretive talks introduce visitors to the wonders of New Hampshire`s environment and wildlife.
Mascoma Chapter of New Hampshire Audubon
We're the Upper (Connecticut River) Valley chapter of the New Hampshire Audubon Society (ASNH). In our chapter's case, the New Hampshire is a bit deceptive, since many of our members are from Vermont! Just to clear up possible confusion, ASNH is not affiliated with the National Audubon Society, or for that matter the State of New Hampshire, but is a separate group that is local to New Hampshire…
Mt. Monadnock Chapter of NH Audubon
Nashaway Chapter of NH Audubon
Serving Greenville, Mason, Wilton, Lyndeborough, Mont Vernon, Milford, Brookline, Amherst, Hollis, Nashua, Merrimack, Litchfield, Hudson, Pelham, Windham, & Salem.
Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire
e.g In 1961, a small group of conservation-minded individuals approached The Nature Conservancy to assist them in protecting over 400 acres on Lake Nubanusit in southwest New Hampshire. A half century later, the Conservancy has helped to protect over 270,000 acres of private and public land across the Granite State….
New Hampshire Audubon
New Hampshire Audubon, a nonprofit statewide membership organization, is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and habitat throughout the state. Independent of the National Audubon Society, NHA has offered programs in wildlife conservation, land protection, environmental policy, and environmental education since 1914…
Pemigewasset Chapter of NH Audubon
The Pemigewasset Chapter of the Audubon Society of New Hampshire is comprised of 18 towns in central NH. The Chapter sponsors field trips, monthly programs, cooperates with the Newfound Audubon Sanctuaries, participates in local Christmas Bird Counts, and other activities…
Seacoast Chapter of New Hampshire Audubon
The Seacoast Chapter of New Hampshire Audubon is comprised of towns surrounding New Hampshire's seacoast, 18 miles (29 km) along the Atlantic shore, with curving beaches (and many state-owned parks) that attract birds throughout the year….
Soo-Nipi Chapter of NH Audubon
The twelve chapters of ASNH bring our mission into communities throughout the state of New Hampshire. Each chapter is organized by a group of committed volunteers and provide field trip and program opportunities for members and nonmembers alike…
Audubon Society of New Hampshire Sanctuaries
NH Audubon owns and manages 38 wildlife sanctuaries throughout all 10 counties of New Hampshire. In addition, there are several other properties on which NH Audubon has a management agreement with another entity. These lands, covering over 8,000 acres of important wildlife habitat, provide opportunities for recreation, education, and aesthetic experiences. Three of our sanctuaries have associated nature centers, and many have interpretive trail guides and well-developed trail systems. A variety of wildlife management techniques are ongoing at our sanctuaries, and others are left to natural processes. Through habitat management, research, education, and continued land protection we are working to ensure that New Hampshire’s wildlife and natural heritage is protected for us all…
Massabesic Audubon Center
The 5,000 square foot Massabesic Audubon Center is located on a historic farm site. The Center is just minutes from downtown Manchester and is bordered by 130 acres of rolling fields and mature deciduous forest with woodland wetlands, a pond, streams, and marshes. The site has been preserved as a wildlife sanctuary that encompasses a diverse array of upland habitats. There are more than five miles of trails that lead to scenic Lake Massabesic, and the property is adjacent to thousands of undeveloped acres of Manchester Water Works land…
Minot J Ross Memorial Bird Sanctuary
The Minot J. Ross Bird Sanctuary is located close to the center of the Amherst village. This sanctuary consists of 12 acres given by Eleanor Ross in memory of her husband and an abutting 9 acres given to the residents of Amherst by Karl Norwood. It is a natural wetland with access at Thorton's Ferry I Road. The wetland continues to Route 101. Birdhouses and a viewing platform have been erected there…
Newfound Audubon Center
Located on the beautiful northern shore of Newfound Lake, the Newfound Audubon Center is comprised of three wildlife sanctuaries, the Paradise Point Nature Center, Ash Cottage at Hebron Marsh Sanctuary and the Bear Mountain Sanctuary. During the summer months, the Nature Center offers many programs for all ages, several interactive exhibits, live animal displays, and canoe and kayak rentals. With sanctuary trails open all year, there is always something to do…
Pond Parish Town Forest
On the pond geese and ducks are frequent visitors, swimming around the beaver lodge. The transition buffer between the pond and upland is an active zone for small birds, residents and migrants. The observation deck is placed in this buffer…
Prescott Farm Conservancy Center
Prescott Farm Audubon Center, ASNH's newest environmental education center, began offering programs in July of 1998. Through a partnership with a private family trust, Prescott Conservancy, Inc., Audubon manages this scenic and historic 160-acre family farmstead. Audubon operates Prescott Farm Audubon Center for the purposes of providing environmental education programming centered around land stewardship, using Prescott Farm as a demonstration area.
Silk Farm Sanctuary
The Silk Farm Audubon Center is Audubon's longest established center. In addition to being a program center, the building is also home to the statewide operations of Audubon. The Silk Farm Audubon Center offers year-round environmental education programs for people of all ages through school and youth group programs, vacation camps during all school vacations, Saturday family programs, pre-school programs, programs for homeschool families, teacher workshops, and adult education workshops. The center also has exhibits, live animals, hiking trails, and a wonderful Nature Store with bird feeders, optics, bird seed, books, clothing, jewelry, gifts, and much more…
Forums & Mailing Lists
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Guides & Tour Operators
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…
CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.
2012 [06 June] - Matt Denton
…Birdquest's tour to Michigan & New Hampshire was the third of our 2012 linking spring tours in North America. The birds which we most hoped to see on this short tour, namely Kirtland’s Warbler and Bicknell’s Thrush, were both seen on their breeding grounds. By seeing both species on territory, we were better able to appreciate these birds and their specialist habitat requirements…
2016 [10 October] - James P Smith - New England
Places to Stay
Christmas Island Family Resort
Christmas Island is a complete family resort built in the late 50's and early 60's and situated on over 1,000 feet of beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee waterfront. Nestled in New Hampshire's Lakes Region, each season combines the perfect mixture of forests, hills, mountains, and, best of all, lake…
Inn at Crystal Lake
Inn at Crystal Lake New Hampshire Bed and Breakfast - exceptional lodging in New Hampshire Nestled between the White Mountains and the Lakes Region - the best of both! Every season offers unique ways to experience the White Mountains and Lakes Region, and the Inn at Crystal Lake bed and breakfast and restaurant keeps you close to everything, but still tucked away in a quiet little village. No area in New England can match the number of vacation opportunities here in the Mt. Washington Valley and the Lakes Region. So make the Inn at Crystal Lake your number one choice for lodging in NH's White Mountains…
Inn of the Tartan Fox B&B
Ten and one half acres of woods, ponds, and beautiful grounds beckon you to experience nature in New Hampshire. Take in the hundreds of flowers or perhaps spot one of the many migratory birds that frequent the property.
Mt. Washington B&B
The rooms are all named after the various birds in the area: Bald Eagle, Eastern Wood Pewee, Barn Swallow, Northern Mockingbird, Chickadee, Goldfinch, and Nuthatch.
Birds of New England
Some excellent photographs… Over 200 species of birds either breed, are resident, or winter in New England. This includes both inland birds and coastal birds. Some of these birds have a small New England range (for example, the Acadian Flycatcher) and other birds are found throughout the region…
Jay Pitocchelli's New Hampshire Bird Links
New Hampshire bird watching
Discover the top birding locations in New Hampshire. Find out more about New Hampshire Bird Clubs and Birding Organizations in New Hampshire. Print out a checklist of New Hampshire birds. Find the Rare Bird Alert Phone Numbers for New Hampshire. Order books to help you become a better birder in New Hampshire. Discover links to New Hampshire Birding web sites. Print out special maps of New Hampshire before you begin your trip…
New Hampshire Birding
New HampshireBirding.com has been established to provide those interested in birding in New Hampshire with information to assist them in making their birding time more fun and productive…
New Hampshirebirds.com serves the backyard bird enthusiast of New Hampshire. If you enjoy feeding and watching birds in your yard or local park then we hope to provide you with information to enhance the enjoyment of your hobby.