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Birdwatching in New Hampshire

Eric A. Masterson

Publication Year: 2013

Designed to appeal to expert and backyard birdwatchers alike, this comprehensive guide reveals where, when, and how to watch and enjoy birds in New Hampshire. It not only offers the latest information about the seasonal status and distribution of birds in New Hampshire but also features a thorough introduction to the art and practice of birdwatching, including equipment, ethics, migration, conservation, and most of all, finding that "good bird."

The heart of the book is the detailed descriptions and maps that outline more than 120 birding sites across the state, from the Connecticut River Valley to Jeffreys Ledge and Cashes Ledge far off the coast. Drawing upon his extensive knowledge of the habits and habitats of New Hampshire birds, the author has divided the state into six regions, each with a rich diversity of birdwatching destinations. The guide also features informative accounts of the more than 300 bird species regularly seen in the Granite State, including their preferred habitats and graphs illustrating when each is most likely to be encountered. In addition, Masterson also provides a useful guide to rare and accidental bird sightings.

The essential guide to birdwatching in New Hampshire for beginners and accomplished regional birders.

Published by: University Press of New England

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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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pp. 4-5


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pp. 6-7


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pp. ix-x

I owe a debt to the many birders and ornithologists whose work provided the data that enabled me to write this book. I cannot name them all, but several have contributed an enormous amount to what is known about the birds of New Hampshire. I would be remiss if I did not mention Pam Hunt, Steve Mirick, Bob Quinn, and Becky Suomala. Bob Quinn, especially, provided ...

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pp. xi-13

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pp. 1-30

This is a book about finding birds in New Hampshire. Yet birds are virtually everywhere in the state: in our fields and forests; on our lakes, rivers, and oceans; and atop our mountains. This is not a guide to everywhere, but to the best birding events that New Hampshire has to offer. I use the word event deliberately, because good birding involves more than just getting to the right ...

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1 | Monthly Guide to the Best of New Hampshire Birding

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pp. 31-36

Birding is not at its best in January, but the Superbowl of Birding is a fun way to beat the winter blues and get out with friends in some of the best areas in southeastern New Hampshire. This friendly competition is run by the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Joppa Flats Education Center. Prizes are awarded for most points scored (different species are worth different point ...

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2 | The Connecticut River Valley

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pp. 37-56

The Connecticut River links four of New England’s six states along its 410 miles, starting at the northern tip of New Hampshire’s border with Maine. It flows southward between New Hampshire and Vermont, then through Massachusetts and Connecticut, finally reaching the Atlantic Ocean at Long Island Sound. Like Interstate 91, the river provides a direct north-south cor-...

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3 | Southwestern Highlands

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pp. 57-65

The Greater Keene region includes Green Wagon Farm, Jonathan Daniels Trail, Robin Hood Park, Krif Road, Keene State College Wildlife Management Area, Dillant-Hopkins Airport, Surry Mountain Lake, and Spofford Lake.This is a good site close to downtown Keene for migrants and birds of open fields. Northern Shrike, Horned Lark, and Snow Bunting are seen here most ...

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4 | Southeastern Lowlands and Merrimack River Valley

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pp. 66-88

The Merrimack River Valley is not quite as productive for birding as the Connecticut River Valley, but it still ranks highly, especially during spring. The action is centered on farm fields, especially during spring floods, when pools of standing water form among the stubble. The best fields are found between Canterbury and Concord and, farther south, in Litchfield. Most ...

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5 | The Coast and Ocean

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pp. 89-124

I live in the Monadnock Region, a quiet, bucolic retreat in southwestern New Hampshire where traffic is light and parking is free, but it’s not the coast. There are no substitutes for the sight of the horizon line, the smell of seaweed, or the sounds of a dock. Although I have affirmed, in previous chapters, the potential of the state’s interior to occasionally host coastal birds (especially ...

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6 | The White Mountains and the North Country

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pp. 125-141

New Hampshire from the White Mountains north offers a stark contrast with the rest of the state in many ways. The North Country—also known as the Great North Woods—marks the southern front of a vast belt of boreal forest that stretches across Canada, northern Europe, and Russia. In New Hampshire, this forest provides wildlife habitat not found elsewhere in the ...

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7 | The Lakes Region

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pp. 142-149

The larger lakes in the Lakes Region receive relatively little coverage for their size and likely capacity for good birding, thus there is some element of conjecture to what follows. My supposition that the large lakes have the potential to produce good birds is not without foundation. Historical records from Lake Sunapee, Newfound Lake, Lake Winnipesaukee, and Squam Lake ...

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8 | Species Accounts

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pp. 150-204

The following species are of roughly annual occurrence in New Hampshire or its offshore waters. For the most part, this means that each species is re-corded annually. A few species that are irruptive, migrate far off the coast, or are present in small numbers during winter may not be recorded annually, During winter months, the coastal plain is generally the last refuge of birds ...


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pp. 207-217

E-ISBN-13: 9781611684100
E-ISBN-10: 1611684102
Print-ISBN-13: 9781584659860

Page Count: 232
Publication Year: 2013