The Heart of New England
Spring Bird-Watching
in New Hampshire

Birdwatchers will be captivated
by the spring arrivals even
on the most casual of walks in New Hampshire. The lilting wood
thrushes have returned, along with red-winged blackbirds, the gold
finches have turned from dun to butter yellow and a variety of ducks,
herons and other birds can be found on even the smallest ponds.

First-time birdwatchers may like to start at the
Squam Lakes Natural
Science Center
in Holderness where you can see many birds native to
New Hampshire. There are bald eagles, hawks and owls at the Raptor
Exhibit and a variety of songbirds at the Bird Aviary. The Center also
offers pontoon boat tours of Squam Lake with the opportunity for loon
sightings. For information visit

Of course The Audubon Society of New Hampshire offers a wealth of
resources, including
Silk Farm Audubon Center in Concord, which
has live animals, programs and events, as well as walking trails. The
Society is holdings its annual Birdathon throughout the state in May, a
competition to see who can identify the most different species of birds
in a single area in a 24-hour span. The purpose of the Birdathon is to
foster an appreciation for the wealth of diversity of both habitat and
birdlife in the state and to foster and promote birding as an activity in
New Hampshire. The record is 170 species, set ten years ago by the
Society's own Dr. Pam Hunt and her team members. Competitors can
enter a variety of categories suitable to all levels of experience and
interest and the Society will try to match beginners and birders without
a team with more experienced teams, if desired. Prizes are awarded to
the winning team in each category (Statewide, Geographic Areas of
Choice, Human-Power Only by Geographic Area, Youth, and
Newbies). The cost to participate is $15, payable to “NH Audubon,” to
cover the entry packet, dinner and awards ceremony. For more
information call 603-224-9909 ext. 307.

The Audubon Society also hosts a variety of programs such as a
guided, family-oriented “Spring Discovery Walk” on the Massabesic
Trail, and “Birding New Hampshire” walks investigating specialties
such as “Southern Woodland Songbirds”(in May) or “Birds of
Grasslands and Shrub” (in June) For information, call 603-224-9909 or

Most any lodging in New Hampshire will provide wild birdsong
“at no extra charge,” but many inns and resorts have recognized the
birders are a passionate group of travelers interested in specific birding
programs. One of these is
Riverbend Inn in Chocorua, which offers
birder weekends that take advantage of their location along the
Chocorua River between New Hampshire’s Lakes Region and the
White Mountains, home to a wide variety of avian species. The
package includes a two-hour guided expedition with a local guide on
Saturday morning to explore lakes, streams, forests and wildlife
preserves in the area. Lists of nearby birding and wildlife spots also
supplied. For information, call 800-628-6944 or visit their Web site at

The Inn at Crystal Lake in Eaton Center offers a Wildlife &
Birdwatching package, available through June, that includes two nights
accommodations, two full country breakfasts for two, one dinner for
two, a picnic lunch and information and trail maps for the nearby Hoyt
Sanctuary, Watts Sanctuary, Dahl Sanctuary and Lovejoy Sanctuary - all
owned and managed by the New Hampshire Audubon Society. A
donation to the Society is included. Call 800-343-7336 or visit their Web
site at
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