Tour Highlights


(Blonde) Red Fox on Mt Washington

Big Cherry Pond June 2007


CHRONOLOGY- June 4. Everyone arrives in Concord and we drive north through the rain with brief stops at Webster and Newfound Lakes. Night in Littleton.

 June 5.  A short check of Moore Reservoir then to Lancaster and Martin Meadow Pond which was productive, especially for the male Black-backed Woodpecker (thanks Mary!), the group of Ospreys and the ultra-cooperative Black-throated Blue Warbler.  Lunch at the Mountain Grand Hotel was an interesting diversion then it was off to Jefferson with a glimpse at a Black Bear and some interesting bovines. In the late afternoon we walked in to the Pondicherry Refuge, after the showers had let up. The late day light on the pond and the Presidentials was beautiful. We were also serenaded with a spectacular “song and dance” by an American Bittern.

June 6. This morning we went back to Pondicherry and birded our way in along the main access trail. There was just enough activity to keep us busy with some nice sightings then to Gorham and a quick trip up to Evans Notch. Then it was off to chilly Mount Washington with the beautiful and cooperative “Blonde” Fox, the mostly elusive Bicknell’s Thrushes, full-throated Purple Finches, and wind chills below freezing!

June 7– A picnic breakfast at the Nansen Wayside area on our way to the Errol/ Lake Umbagog  region (Androscoggin River valley). We met Flip Nevers at the National Wildlife Refuge office then motored slowly down the Magalloway River to the lake and visited Leonard Pond, Leonard Marsh, and the headwaters of the Androscoggin including Harper’s Meadow. In the afternoon we walked out Greenough Pond Road as far as Bear Brook Pond then stopped at the eagle nest at Magill Bay (part of Pontook Reservoir) on our way back to Gorham.

June 8– a relaxing morning with a visit to the Jefferson Notch Road and a surprisingly vocal, for 10 AM, Northern Saw-whet Owl. At the height-of-land we had a brief look at a Boreal Chickadee and longer looks at a Blackpoll Warbler before heading down hill. A glimpse of a Pine Marten for some of us was the last wildlife highlight of the trip.


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