[CT Birds] Bicknell's Thrush in New Hampshire info
crepasz at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 4 18:22:40 EDT 2012
There is another great way to see thes birds. Take the lift up Wildcat. Once at the top there is an easy trail that puts one in this mountain habitat for the species already listed. Also the Views of Washington, the Northern Presidentials and the Great Gulf are the best.
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On Jun 4, 2012, at 5:34 PM, "David F Provencher" <david.f.provencher at dom.com> wrote:
> I often get asked about finding Bicknell's Thrush in the White Mountains of New Hampshire because I hike the slopes a bit. I encounter them frequently, as well as Gray Jays, Boreal Chickadees, etc., but most birders will understandably not hike up difficult mountain trails for hours just to see these birds. An easier option is the Cannon Mountain tram that will take you to just below the summit of the peak. From here a 15 to 20 minute walk will get you into habitat for Bicknell's. Now admittedly there are not many Bicknell's on Cannon, but there are some. The Mount Washington auto road (toll road! More than 20 bucks) will also get you into Bicknell's habitat, but much of the time you'll be contending with car noise. Yet another option is to take the Ridge of the Caps trail (off the Jefferson Notch Forest Road, open as of the end of May) up Mount Jefferson. This does mean some serious hiking but the trailhead starts at 3,000 feet and as such is the highest trailhead in the Whites. Many montane species are reported from this trail and you don't need too far up to start finding them.
> I hiked Mount Madison on Friday and encountered many Swainson's Thrushes, Blackpoll Warblers, and a few Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, among the many bird species. No Boreal Chickadees though, a species I rarely miss on this hikes. I heard two or three Bicknell's just below the krummholz on Valley Way trail at around 4,500 to 4,700 feet. My hiking companion made an interesting observation about the call note of the Swainson's Thrushes when heard distantly on the slopes, he said they sounded like the ping an aluminum baseball bat makes when hitting a ball. It did!
> David Provencher
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