Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham NH

Bicknell’s Thrush Tours 

Early morning self-driving guided tour to see this rare bird

Photo courtesy of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies
May 30, June 1, 2, and 7, 2021

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 and 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 rare opportunity to view these obscure birds.

Due to COVID restrictions, this year we are offering you a "drive yourself" tour, which requires you to drive your own vehicle, following our Bicknell's guide, Sue, in an Auto Road vehicle. 

Sue has been leading these tours for more than half a dozen years, and is thus very familiar with the Bicknell's preferred locations along the Auto Road.

If you are a party of two in the same car, you get a discount on the second person in the car. 

The highest point we will reach on the Auto Road Bicknell Thrush tour is 4.2 miles. This is in the heart of their nesting area on our east side of Mt. Washington. We will caravan to this parking lot together, and then get out of our respective vehicles, and search for Bicknell's thrushes at this location. Then we'll get back in our vehicles, and start our descent as a caravan, and make a second stop lower down the Road, at 3.5 miles, where thrush and other birds of interest may be seen/heard.

Our Bicknell’s Thrush 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.

 

We will 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.

 

Cost: $50 per person, $30 for one additional person. Advanced reservations required.

 

 

If you have any questions about the Bicknell's Thrush Tours , please call us at (603) 466-3988.