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"One of the keys to bird watching, which he discusses in his book, is that sighting birds is not always a matter of happy accident. Luck plays a part, but he’s learned over the years that you can better your chances by knowing when birds migrate, their preferred habitats and stopping points. “It’s a game of timing and weather and geographic location,” he observed. “It’s a learned skill when things are going to occur, and where they’re going to occur.”―Valley News

"In addition to tips on how to recognize the best birding weather, what times of day are best and how to use binoculars or telescopes, Masterson devotes a chapter to each of six regions of the state. Maps show how to reach many of the best birdwatching sites and Masterson includes descriptions of what birds are likely to be seen at each location. Each chapter includes Masterson’s personal anecdotes about his own experiences in the area. He also writes at length about how weather can impact a day of birding ― how wind patterns, cold fronts and warm fronts at different times of the year can make all the difference when it comes to spotting birds in the field."―Manadnock Ledger Transcript

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“Eric Masterson has written an excellent bird-finding guide. It is clearly written, beautifully illustrated, and nicely designed. Not only does he give clear descriptions of where to find birds in New Hampshire, but he also details when and under what weather conditions they are most likely seen. Up-to-date references to internet sites are also a welcome feature. This guide is a must-have for anybody birding New England.” (Don and Lillian Stokes, authors of The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America and The New Stokes Field Guide to the Birds, Eastern and Western Regions)|“Eric Masterson has covered all the ground in New Hampshire. He doesn’t just know its birds and their habitats, he knows its fields, forests, mountains, and waterways. I can’t wait to own this book, featuring the very best sites and the very best times to find birds in New Hampshire.” (Jamie Trowbridge, President, Yankee Magazine)|“A fun read!! Well written. Well illustrated. Great photographs. Packed with information. My only complaint is that Eric Masterson didn’t produce this guide when I first moved to New Hampshire sixteen years ago. It would have saved a lot of wear and tear on my old body looking for all the right birds in all the wrong places!” (Mike Bartlett, President, New Hampshire Audubon)|“Birdwatching in New Hampshire is a must for every serious birder in New England. Original, well-organized and warmly written, this volume by master birder Eric Masterson will give you all the details you need to catch the most exciting avian spectacles in the granite state, from kettling hawks to puffins on the high seas. It will transform your birding ventures afield.” (Sy Montgomery, author of Birdology and The Good Good Pig)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: UPNE (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584659866
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584659860
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J.C. Keller on May 3, 2013
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Where to find birds in New Hampshire will be less of a mystery with this book in hand. The most stunning aspect of the book is that it not only tells you where to search for specific birds, it tells you when to look there. This is critical because certain birds show up only during or after migration. Looking for nesting piping plovers in January, would be impossible, after all.

I live in the Nashua area and this book had plenty of new places for me to search for birds. I never thought about Mine Falls Park in Nashua being a haven for birds, but sure enough, it is!The local landfill or sewage treatment plant? Yep. To know that we might see an Orchard Oriole in Nashua's South West park is good news! Just last night, we took a quick trip to Ponemah Bog in Amherst and discovered this a place worth frequent return visits, as it is complete with observation platforms and wooden boardwalks through the bog. Can't wait to go back when it's high season.

It is clear that Eric Masterson has covered plenty of ground across New Hampshire. His credentials are impeccable. He is a conservationist, has worked with the New Hampshire Audubon and is currently on the New Hampshire Rare Bird Committee and also edits the quarterly journal of the New Hampshire Rare Bird Records. There is no doubt this book was done by an expert. Yet it falls short for me just a bit because the prose is so dry. I had hoped for some more enthusiasm about birding. It's not that I think it should lack formality but I had hoped for a less dry style. A small quibble, but there it is.

Also, the author states that one should never go onto private property without permission from the owner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clifford O. on July 11, 2013
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Outstanding work...for the beginner or the advanced birder. Covers the when (time of year, time of day); the where (specific geographical areas, habitats); the impact that weather has on migrations and temporarily relocation of species. Every state should have a book like this.

The information is well-laid out and as a photographer who has spent many years chasing birds, I was impressed by the pictures of birds included in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell Young on June 13, 2014
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I just see the birds outside my office window and became interested. This book helped identify them and interestingly enough, some of the habits I noticed out of particular birds. Its probably a bit to easy for top-notch bird-watchers but it is great for those who want a little more knowledge of the beautiful birds they see in their yards. I would highly recommend it
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By Mount Airy Reader on June 14, 2014
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I did a birding trip to New Hampshire six years ago, and the only birders' guide then available was the old ABA guide. When we were planning a recent trip, I was very pleased to discover that the Masterson book had been published last year. Unfortunately, I found it to be quite disappointing. I did find good birding sites that either had not been mentioned in the ABA book, such as Trudeau Road - a good site for Black-backed Woodpecker - or that got only brief mention for various reasons, such as Great Bay and Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuges, which were just being developed when the ABA guide came out. Overall, though, I found the Masterson book to be of limited use. The ABA guide, however outdated, includes far more locations, and Masterson frequently fails to give good directions to finding sites and often lacks details on which species one may expect to find at a given location. I did not find the maps very helpful, either. Masterson's book is useful as a supplement to the ABA guide, but you need both to do a serious birding trip to New Hampshire.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Cook Anderson on May 15, 2013
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It is a concise description of bird watching locals in New Hampshire. I plan on visiting several of them in the near future.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Alberts on June 5, 2013
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This book was purchased for my wife who attracts many birds to her back yard. She often sees a variety of species and lately she has taken an interest in nature walks that offer more opportunities to use the guide.
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Excellent guide book for planning a birding trip. Recommend using it along with
"A Birders Guide to New Hampshire." The latter has more maps and site listings
to complement "Birdwatching in New Hampshire" updated information.
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