Birdwatching

Beginning Bird Walk at Pickering Ponds

This walk will traverse Rochester city park trails along the Cocheco River and around the wastewater treatment facility settling ponds. Meet at the Pickering Ponds parking area. The entrance is about a mile south of the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Plant on Pickering Road, opposite mailbox #374.

Contact: Dan Hubbard, danielhubbard@peoplepc.com or 603-332-4093

 

WMBD Clough State Park

Follow Jane Hills in search of Spring migrants.  With its variety of habitats, this popular location should provide us with many species of warblers and other birds.  Meet at the end of Sugar Hill Road off Rt. 77 in Weare.  Contact: Jane Hills at jhbird@myfairpoint.net, (625-8332)

WMBD Spring Migration at Horseshoe Pond

Wake up early and get your fill of spring migrants with Zeke Cornell and Becky Suomala for what has become one of the most popular trips of the year to see colorful spring migrants.  Meet at the end of Commercial Street at Horseshoe Pond.  Contact: Zeke Cornell at zekecornel@gmail.com

WMBD Ashuelot Rail Trail

Spend the morning scanning the fields, shrublands and riverside habitats along the Ashuelot Rail Trail with great opportunities to view migrating warblers and other species. Meet at Krif Road for an early start at 6:30 am, or join later at 8:00 the Island Street intersection near Panera Bread. After a short break continue along the trail and finishing behind Target. We can do a shuttle to get people back to their cars. Bring binoculars, water, and snacks. Leader: Wendy Ward. Please RSVP to Wendy at weward0@yahoo.com or call at 313-0197.

WMBD Ponemah Bog

The Ponemah Bog Sanctuary includes a three-acre kettle pond surrounded by a floating sphagnum mat and encircled by upland oak-pine woods. As an oasis in an otherwise populated area, this sanctuary provides diverse rest stops and habitats for migrants and resident birds.

Leader: Birder and Grant Writer, Gail Coffey.  Registration required. Fee: $5/person

WMBD Deering Wildlife Sanctuary

The Deering Sanctuary is NH Audubon’s second largest property. With nearly 900 acres of forests, clearings, ponds, streams and edges there are plenty of places to look for birds. Search for birds and also learn about the on-going Phenology Project and the data that it is providing about our changing climate. Meet at the sanctuary trail head.

Leader: Senior Biologist Diane DeLuca. Registration required. Fee: $5/person

WMBD Massabesic Center and Lake

Fields, forests, wetlands and the shores of Lake Massabesic provide great opportunities for beginning birders to see a variety of birds and learn the tricks for becoming a better birder. Meet at the Massabesic Audubon Center.

Leaders: Community Engagement Manager, Ruth Smith and Educator Denise Turcotte.  Registration required. Fee: $5/person

WMBD Odiorne State Park

The coastline is a magnet for migrating birds. Explore the shrubby edges, woods and rocky coast of Odiorne State Park in search of migrating songbirds as well as shorebirds and waterfowl.

Leader: Senior Biologist Becky Suomala. Registration required. Fee: $5/person

 

WMBD Habitats of Fremont

Located in the center of Rockingham County, Fremont doesn’t get a lot of birding attention. Yet it hosts a diverse mix of habitats from extensive hayfields to the large and mysterious “Spruce Swamp”. The trip will have two start times. For individuals interested in listening for whip-poor-wills and other nocturnal birds, as well as experiencing the dawn chorus, meet at 4:30 a.m. The second wave will start at 6:00. Meet at the Fremont Public Library (7 Jackie Bernier Drive, off Route 107).

McLane Center and Silk Farm Sanctuary

Enjoy casual birding for all levels (ages 12+). We’ll listen and look for birds in the field, forest, and nearby Turkey Pond. Meet outside the McLane Center entrance.  Binoculars will be available for loan.

Leader:  NH Audubon educator Hilary Chapman. Registration required. Fee: $5/person

 

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