Monday, June 28, 2010

Pittsburg, NH trip June 24-27

Bog, Pittsburg, NH, June 26, 2010
Moose (first for the wife), Pittsburg, NH, June 24, 2010

Gray Jay, near Scott Bog, Pittsburg, NH, June 25, 2010
Ruffed Grouse, Pittsburg, NH, June 26, 2010

I made a recent trip to the very top of New Hampshire to bird among the boreal forest. I managed to find some really good stuff including two life birds, Spruce Grouse and Bicknell's Thrush. My species total for the trip rounded out at an even 100. It was amazing to be surrounded by the songs and calls of White-throated Sparrow, Winter Wren, Northern Parula, Blackpoll Warbler, Swainson's Thrush, Boreal Chickadee, Olive-sided Flycatcher and many, many others. The many miles of logging roads provided numerous opportunities to explore this truly secluded spot of New England. There were wonderful views of the various species collecting food and bringing it to nests or young unseen. The best spots turned out to be East Inlet Road (several miles off Rt 3) and Mount Magalloway, as well as the numerous small ponds and bogs. In the end there really were no bad spots. Although I missed on Bicknell's at Magalloway, I manged to pick a few up on Mount Washington on the ride home. The views from Magalloway were spectacular, unlike the fog shrouded view from Mount Washington. However the views just below the summit on Washington were good and gave me a nice, brief view of a Bicknell's and a couple flyby American Pipits. Overall another great trip.
The mammal show was also impressive with Moose, White tailed Deer, Red Fox with young, Mink, Beaver, Skunk and others.


  1. Larry, I have only birded the Pittsburg area once, during the NH birdathon a few years back. The area deserved more time than we gave it, a day and a half. I had some "Bickies" in the Whites this past weekend, 2 atop Mt. Tom, one on near the Mt. Field summitt and one on Sunday near the the top of Mt. Hale. Northern NH is a great place to bird as well as hike or canoe or just be outside!

  2. I agree Tom. Its a great spot. Wish I had my kayak up there with me.