The whole White Mountains area is an awe-inspiring location to go bird watching (or practice Ornithology if you’re an avid birder!)
You will see many birds by just going outside but it does help the experience to have a pair of binoculars and a good bird book in hand so you can be sure to add to your Life Bird List, that I’m sure many of you have! Also if you’re new at this and want some expert pointers please refer to this link on the New Hampshire Audubon website for a great page on Bird Watching Basics.
Even in the backyard of White Mountains Hostel you can sit in one of our adirondack chairs and watch many different bird species fly by, land in our trees, make a nest in one if Tim’s homemade bird houses, or find food on our lawn. We have Pileated Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, Chickadees, many Robins, Finches and some Cardinals that frequent the White Mountains Hostel backyard. If you’re looking to head out beyond the hostel, the whole White Mountains National Forest area has many bird sighting experiences to be had! When you head up Crawford or Pinkham Notch you might spot peregrine falcons and bald eagles soaring above. When you head to the ponds and lakes all around our area you might hear and see Loons popping their heads out of the water from fishing and making their unique unmistakable loon call.
Mark your calendars for the Bicknell’s Thrush Tour up the Mt Washington Auto Road! Click on the link to find out the dates and prices for this tour. The Bicknell’s Thrush is a rare bird that breeds and nests around 3000ft above sea level. The guided tour will enhance your chances of seeing and/or hearing this extremely rare bird and also see some great views up Mt Washington!
Which ever way you decide to go birding it’s always fun to see new birds and other wildlife here in the White Mountains. So book your spring stay at the hostel and check out our website for our White Mountains Hostel Special Spring Rates!