Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham NH

Bicknell’s Thrush Tours 

Early morning guided tour to see this rare bird

Photo taken by one of our guests in the spring of 2021
May 29 & 31, June 6 & 8

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.

Tours depart the base of the Auto Road promptly at 6am

The highest point we will reach on the Auto Road Bicknell Thrush tour about 5 miles up. This is in the heart of their nesting area on our east side of Mt. Washington. The max we take in one van is 8 people. We may stop at several locations along the road to search for Bicknell's thrushes.

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.

Masks are required in Mt. Washington Auto Road vans. 


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. Advanced reservations required.



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