The NH coastal zone offers fine birding in diverse habitats, including inland estuaries, coastal beach and dune systems, saltmarsh, and the rocky intertidal zone. On days with good visibility over the ocean, pelagic seabirds may be seen, and large numbers of seaducks and other waterbirds aggregate just off the shore. The regions coastal marshes with vegetated dunes provide diverse habitats that support a rich diversity of birds year-round. Sandy beaches support migrant and overwintering shorebirds, including breeding Piping Plovers. Leeside of the dunes support some mature stands of woody vegetation that serve as migrant traps and an extensive estuarine spartina marsh system. In Winter, Snowy Owls and offshore wintering waterbirds, including loons, grebes, gulls, and seaducks are regular.
Meet Up - Unless otherwise determined, this tour begins at the parking are on Rte. 1A immediately south of the Yankee Fisherman's Coop. From there, carpools and or caravans will be arranged. Birding will commence from South to North up Rte. 1A, stopping at several of the areas productive birding hotspots.
Focus: New England Rocky Coastal Birds, Spring and Fall Migrants, Winter Birds
Season: Available Year-round
Hike: None; some walking to beach, on short trails and boardwalks
Time: 2-8 hours
Size: up to 8 persons
Open Trip Fee: $69 per Adult per 2 hour block (Youth 10-15yo half-price)
Private Trip Fee: $89 per person per 2 hour block; book additional blocks (@$80pp) to extend your birding day