THE BIRD CLUBS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE THE BIRD CLUBS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE THE BIRD CLUBS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
THE BIRD CLUBS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE THE BIRD CLUBS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE THE BIRD CLUBS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
A glittering ake in a valley surrounded New Hampshire's mountains

BIRDING IN New Hampshire

When it comes to habitat, the Granite State’s rich diversity is hard to beat–it also means many uncommon species within its borders. From seabird colonies on the islands off its rocky coast to the rugged elevations of the White Mountains, New Hampshire’s contours provide an incredible diversity of landscapes—much of it still quite wild and untouched—that can translate into exceptional birding.

NH specialties include Bicknell’s Thrush on Mt. Washington, Arctic Terns on Seavey Island, Saltmarsh Sparrows nesting in seaside wetlands, and nesting Horned Larks in high tundra.

Much of the state’s spruce and fir habitat, especially, around Lake Umbagog, provides habitat for Spruce Grouse, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Bickenell’s Thursh Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, and Boreal Chickadee as well as the Northern Saw-whet Owl—all target species for enthusiastic birders.

Meanwhile, spring migration brings in many migrating species on their way to Canada—many species that zip through New England in more southern areas will slow down and nest in northern parts of the state—including Mourning Warbler. 

Coastal birding is also stunning in every season. The rocky coast attracts a variety of shorebirds and gulls—including some lesser-known species. And a trip out to the Isles of Shoals is a must for any birder. Look for seaducks, alcids, gulls, and terns as well as pelagic species. 

In fall and winter, New Hampshire’s raptor shows and duck displays are also notable. Northern Goshawk and Golden Eagle are uncommon but always possible, while rafts of geese and ducks cover the state’s lakes. 

Whatever the season and wherever you go–bring your binoculars!

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