Birdwatching in New Hampshire

Birdwatching in New Hampshire

by Eric A. Masterson


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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584659860
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 04/09/2013
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 1,153,308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

ERIC A. MASTERSON was vice president of development and nature tours at New Hampshire Audubon. He currently serves on the New Hampshire Rare Bird Committee and is a seasonal editor for the quarterly journal New Hampshire Bird Records.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments • INTRODUCTION • What Is a "Good Bird"? • Where to Find Good Birds • When to Find Good Birds • Tools for Birders • Web Resources • Conservation, Birding Ethics, and Birding Safety • MONTHLY GUIDE TO THE BEST OF NEW HAMPSHIRE BIRDING • THE CONNECTICUT RIVER VALLEY • Overview • Hinsdale to Brattleboro • Westmoreland to Walpole • Bellows Falls to Charlestown • Lebanon to Lyme • SOUTHWESTERN HIGHLANDS • Greater Keene Area • Monadnock Region • Lake Sunapee Region • SOUHEASTERN LOWLANDS AND MERRIMACK RIVER VALLEY • Merrimack River Valley • Greater Concord Area • Greater Manchester Area • Greater Nashua Area • Amherst Area • Greater Kingston Area • Rochester • Other Areas • THE COAST AND OCEAN • Coast • Great Bay and Durham Area • The Isles of Shoals • Ocean • THE WHITE MOUNTAINS AND THE NORTH COUNTRY • Pondicherry • The Connecticut Lakes Region • Lake Umbagog •The White Mountains • THE LAKES REGION • The Lakes • North Conway Area and Dahl Sanctuary • Watts Wildlife Sanctuary • Thompson Sanctuary and Ambrose Gravel Pit • SPECIES ACCOUNTS • A Note on Irruptive Behavior • Rarities • Accidentals • Captive or Reared Species • Extinct Species • Bibliography • Index

What People are Saying About This

Sy Montgomery

“Birdwatching in New Hampshire is a must for every serious birder in New England. Original, well-organized and warmly written, this volume by master birder Eric Masterson will give you all the details you need to catch the most exciting avian spectacles in the granite state, from kettling hawks to puffins on the high seas. It will transform your birding ventures afield.”

Don and Lillian Stokes

“Eric Masterson has written an excellent bird-finding guide. It is clearly written, beautifully illustrated, and nicely designed. Not only does he give clear descriptions of where to find birds in New Hampshire, but he also details when and under what weather conditions they are most likely seen. Up-to-date references to internet sites are also a welcome feature. This guide is a must-have for anybody birding New England.”

Jamie Trowbridge

“Eric Masterson has covered all the ground in New Hampshire. He doesn’t just know its birds and their habitats, he knows its fields, forests, mountains, and waterways. I can’t wait to own this book, featuring the very best sites and the very best times to find birds in New Hampshire.”

Mike Bartlett

“A fun read!! Well written. Well illustrated. Great photographs. Packed with information. My only complaint is that Eric Masterson didn’t produce this guide when I first moved to New Hampshire sixteen years ago. It would have saved a lot of wear and tear on my old body looking for all the right birds in all the wrong places!”

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