Our Bicknell’s Thrush Tours for 2015:
June 5 (sold out), 7, 9, 11*, 13 & 17 (sold out)
Bicknell’s Thrush is an extremely rare species with very limited breeding grounds. It is the rarest and most secretive of the breeding thrushes in North America and it is the only bird whose breeding is restricted to the Northeastern part of the continent. They usually breed at higher elevations, normally nesting above 3,000 ft. The unique yet harsh climate is just what the birds prefer due to the combination of low vegetation and abundant moisture, and the Mt. Washington Auto Road offers you a unique opportunity to view these rare birds.
Our Bicknell’s Thrush Guided Tours leave early in the morning before the Mt. Washington Auto Road opens to the general public to insure there is as little additional noise or disturbance as possible. Our success rate at hearing and seeing this elusive thrush is quite good, but with the species in decline due to wintering habitat losses, there can be no guarantee of sightings.
Cost: $50 per person
Advanced reservations required.
Tours depart from the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road at 6:00am. (Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure). Tours last approximately 2 hours.
*Registration for the Birds and Flowers Tour is NOT available online. For reservations for the Birds and Flowers Tour, please call Kim at (603) 466-3988, extension 147.
*Birds and Flowers Tour – June 11
We will continue up the Auto Road to the Cow Pasture and trail head for the Huntington Ravine Trail. This is a spectacular place to visit the rare plants and exemplary natural communities of the alpine zone. The site contains a wide diversity of low-growing alpine plants, and when the weather is good the views are truly extraordinary. With Appalachian Mountain Club Naturalist Nicky Pizzo we will identify a variety of alpine plants and discuss their adaptations that help them to defy the extreme conditions on Mount Washington. We will also look and listen for the American Pipit. The American Pipit is one of the few birds that nest above treeline on Mount Washington.
Cost: $75 per person
Advanced reservations required. This van tour is 3 hours in length and will leave from the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road at 6:00am. (Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure).