Frequently Asked Questions about the Journal

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions from interested birders about New Hampshire Bird Records.

We hope these FAQ’s answer your questions. If not please send us an e-mail at birdrecords@nhaudubon.org.


I’m not a really active birder, is there something in New Hampshire Bird Records for me? Yes, beginning or experienced birders will find something new to learn and enjoy. We have a Photo Quiz to test your bird identification skills, tips on the “birding hot spots” in NH with maps, informative articles written in easy to understand language, a “species spotlight” article, a photo gallery and much more to appeal to every level of birder. Each issue will help you learn where to see birds and what birds are unusual.


How do I subscribe? You can subscribe on line, mail your payment or call us with your credit card information. Our How to Subscribe or Donate page has all the details. Our subscription year covers all four issues from one year and all mid-year subscribers receive all back issues published in the subscription year.


When does the publication come out? New Hampshire Bird Records is a quarterly publication and comes out four times a year. It does not come out on the exact same date or month each year due to variations in production. Because of the time involved in the publication process, entering data, etc., a season usually comes out months after the season ends. The issue is named for the season of records that it includes, often causing confusion since the name of the “current” issue is a season that occurred many months prior.


What kind of order is used to list the birds in each issue? The birds are listed according to the American Ornithologists Union’s (AOU) Checklist of North American Birds. This is not an alphabetized list but a taxonomic order, or system of classification that uses a bird’s form and structure to put them in order. It is the way most bird manuals and checklists are organized.


Where do I go to find the birds I read about? Each issue of New Hampshire Bird Records contains an article on a special place to bird in New Hampshire. Accompanying each article are maps and detailed information about the times to go and what birds you will see there. There are also several books published on where to go for the best birding locales in New Hampshire such as Stephen Mirick’s Birding the New Hampshire Seacoast and Eric Masterson’s Birdwatching in New Hampshire, both of which are available in our Concord nature store . Directions to many birding spots in New Hampshire can also be found at Resources page at this website.


How can I do more? You can participate in the Backyard Winter Bird Survey conducted by New Hampshire Audubon the second weekend of February. There are many volunteer opportunities for people with varying abilities and time commitments at New Hampshire Bird Records and opportunities at NH Audubon, such as field surveys, counting various types of birds, etc. Also check the volunteer opportunities listed on the NH Audubon website.


How can I join a Christmas Bird Count (CBC)? At this annual event, birdwatchers survey birds in a designated “count circle” on a given day. A count survey area stays the same from year to year, comprising a circle fifteen miles in diameter around a central point. International in scope, the CBC is organized and compiled by the National Audubon Society, which coordinates all count circles so they don’t overlap. There are 21 counts in New Hampshire, and they are open to all interested birders. Many are run by New Hampshire Audubon Chapters and announced in their individual newsletters. Each count picks its own particular survey day between December 14 and January 5. Teams go out and survey sections of the count circle, but there are also feeder watchers within the circle who tally the birds in their backyards. For a list of the state’s Christmas Bird Counts and who to contact if you would like to participate see the Christmas Bird Count page at this website.