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Birdwatching in New Hampshire

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.

232 pages | 6 x 9

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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

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