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If you live in New Hampshire or just visiting, a new or experienced birder, then New Hampshire Bird Records is the journal for you!

Each jam-packed journal is published quarterly by New Hampshire Audubon and is available by annual subscription. You'll find articles all about birds and birding in New Hampshire plus the season's bird reports, highlights, and summaries. Check out the Contents of current and previous issues, and read one of the free sample articles in each issue.

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Summer 2013 Issue of New Hampshire Bird Records Published

The Summer 2013 issue of New Hampshire Bird Records is out at long last and features an article by Mark Suomala on birding in the White Mountains. The publication is available by subscription but we’re making this article available for free on the web. Click here to view the table of contents for the current issue.

The issue also features an excerpt from The Birds of New Hampshire by Allan Keith and Robert Fox – an important new resource on the status and distribution of bird species in the state. Their Sandhill Crane account provides an example of the sighting records that they have compiled from as far back as is known. In the Summer 2013 issue you’ll also find the highlights and summaries from the summer season, the regular Field Notes and Photo Quiz and Photo Gallery, and these articles:

We’re working it get caught up on publication and the Fall 2013 issue is close to completion.

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Twitchers in the Rye and the Superbowl of Birding

Twitchers in the Rye 2014 Team
The 2014 Twitchers in the Rye (Pat Myers, captain Pam Hunt, driver Becky Suomala, and rookie Peg Ackerson), January 25, 2014. Photo by Rick Dumont.

The annual tradition continued on the morning of January 25, 2014, with the “Twitchers in the Rye” beginning the “Superbowl of Birding” at 5:00 a.m. listening for owls. The weather, although cold to start, moderated during the day and was one of the milder days in recent weeks.

Highlights from the day included two five-point species: Brown Thrasher and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a Fox Sparrow and a Great Blue Heron, both new for the Twitchers. A Snowy Owl at Rye Harbor State Park was a treat, although somewhat expected given how many are being seen in New England this winter. The final total was 58 species and 104 points, and the team raised more than $1,000 in pledges for New Hampshire Bird Records and NH eBird (two projects of NH Audubon’s Conservation Department).

The Twitchers even had a brush with the paparazzi in the form of Rick Dumont who wrote about the Twitchers and the Superbowl of Birding in an excellent article for the Fosters Daily Democrat!

You can still make a donation by contacting Becky Suomala at rsuomala@nhaudubon.org or 603-224-9909 x309.

Previous Year Results

Photo shows Twitchers in the Rye 2013 team of Pam Hunt, Becky Suomala, Andrea Robbins, and Pat Myers with their surprising 2013 win of the "Rockingham Rocks" award (see 2013 Summary article below).

Year Species Points
2014 58 104 View Summary article (pdf)
2013 62 106 View Summary article (pdf)
2012 58 95 View Summary article (pdf)
2011 57 94 View Summary article (pdf)
2010 53 78 View Summary article (pdf)
2009 63 112  

View a chart showing the species list and points from previous years.

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