Reserve your Bicknell's Thrush Tour now through July

Blackpoll Warbler (Photo: Phil Fowler)

​​​​​​Bicknell's Thrush Tours

Focus: Bicknell's Thrush and high-elevation spruce-fir birds

Season: Available (end of) May - July

Description: This tour is for serious and focused birding, primarily in pursuit of Bicknell's Thrush and other high-elevation, spruce-fir forest birds.  Time on this trip is emphasized toward viewing and photographing Bicknell's Thrush (not guaranteed), a regional specialty. Other species frequently observed include Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrush, Magnolia Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Pine Siskin, and more.  Start time to be determined.   If no Bicknell's Thrush seen, receive 1/2 price voucher for a future Bicknell's Thrush tour.  At least 3 persons needed to run this tour.

What to Expect: Bugs: During this time of year, the blackflies and mosquitoes can be very challenging. Bug spray will be available for your use.  Have long sleeve shirts and pants accessible.  At rare times in June, a head net may be needed depending on your tolerance.  Heat and humidity: Typically, at the start of this tour the air is cool (50F-60F) and welcoming.  Upon entering the forest a rapid rise in humidity is quickly noticeable.  Combined, the bugs, temperature, and humidity will dictate the layering you will want.  On the way back the temperature may climb to 70F-80F.  Rain: A light raincoat is recommended to layer against wind and rain exposure.

What to Bring:  Binoculars, camera, field guides, hat, appropriate footwear and clothing for the conditions, rain gear, drinking water, sunscreen. A backpack to carry your gear.

White Mountains National Forest Option

Hike: 3 mile round-trip; Difficulty: Intermediate-Hard

Time: 4 hours

Note: This trip requires intermediate to hard trail hiking up to 3.0 miles round trip. Non-hikers should book this as a Private Tour, because the trip could take longer than 4 hours or choose the NH North Country (non-hiking) tour option (see below)

Open Tour

Size: 3-6 persons (three person minimum to run trip). If you do not have the minimum persons, use the interest form to the right, so I can try to  combine interested individuals into enough persons to run the trip.

​Fee: $99 Adult / Youth $59 (10-15yo)

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Private Tour

Fee: $275 for 1-3 persons 

($50 for each additional person; $40 for each additional hour)

Deposit*: $100 deposit required

INTEREST FORM - Complete this form to submit your information and availability for a future open tour. I will use this information to build group tours to meet the minimum participants requirement.

Trail Conditions:  Portions of this trail can be very muddy and wet granite rocks are slippery.  There are no major stream crossings.  Portions of the lower trail are moderately steep. Individuals should be able to hike at a sustained walking pace needing a break only every 30 minutes. (Breaks are frequently taken anyway to look for birds).  Individuals out of hiking shape and likely to require more time than the allotted 4 hours, should book the private tour (call for a consultation).


Bicknell's Thrush (Photo: Anita DeStefano)

 Bonus Bird - Gray Jay

​*Non-refundable deposit reserves the tour date on the OWE calendar and secures your spot on the tour. In the event of a tour cancellation due to weather or OWE issues, the ticket holder can elect to have a full refund including any deposits, or to have any payments applied as credit toward any future OWE event.

NH North Country Option - Private Tours only

Hike: None; this is a driving birding tour; carpooling is an option (call for inquiries); walking is localized.

Site is

2 hrs from North Conway, NH and Lincoln, NH
​3 Hrs from Portland, ME, Burlington, VT, and Montreal, CA
4 Hrs from Boston, MA and Quebec City, CA
Possible Carpool Locations North Conway, NH; Rochester,  NH; Concord, NH; Bethel, ME; Lancaster, NH(call for inquiries)

Base Fee: $350 for 1-3 persons for up to 4 hrs
Add: $50 for each additional person

Add: $40 for each additional hour
Deposit*: $100 deposit required

Description: In addition to spruce-fir birds, this trip provides easy driving access to habitats supporting other exciting birds in the area including, Northern Harrier, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Rusty Blackbird and more.

Bicknell's Thrush and Spruce-Fir Birding Tour (Available May - July)