The Birds of New Hampshire
Allan R. Keith and Robert P. Fox

Birds of NH  

Memoirs of the Nuttall Ornithological Club No.19
2013; 8 x 11 inches; 469 pages; 62 line illustrations by Andrea E. Robbins; index
ISBN 9781877973475

Available from New Hampshire Audubon's McLane Center Nature Store and from Buteo Books

This first statewide coverage of all species of birds in New Hampshire in 110 years includes:

  • Status and distribution for 427 bird species recorded in New Hampshire, seasons of occurrence and abundance
  • History of New Hampshire Christmas Bird Counts
  • Summary of New Hampshire hawk-watching data
  • Location and identity of over 4,800 museum specimens collected in the state
  • Summary of over 17,500 bird band returns for New Hampshire
  • Breeding Bird Survey results since 1966
  • Bibliography of over 1,200 titles covering the last 200 years of New Hampshire ornithology

    About the Authors

    Both Allan Keith and Bob Fox developed a strong interest in birds as young men. They became close friends with Bob Smart, and each birded with him frequently in New Hampshire. By the early 1960s, all three of them had become members of the Nuttall Ornithological Club. It is through Bob Smart that Bob Fox back in the 1960s and Allan in the 1970s became interested in writing a book documenting the birds of New Hampshire.

    This book has had a long germination period. Allan took the sighting records from 1950 - 1970 that Bob Smart had collected and wrote 192 species accounts by 1975. Time languished as they both focused on their careers Allan in investment management and Bob in school administration, though their interest in birds never waned.

    Bob joined Allan's rekindled interest in this book over a decade ago, and wrote nearly half of the species accounts. Both have continued to bird in New Hampshire, and Bob has summered there for over 40 years. Allan has contributed to ornithology as author and co-author of four books, three of which concern the West Indies, and was twice President of the American Birding Association. Bob has written articles in the Auk and for the Massachusetts Audubon Society's first Breeding Bird Atlas and has led many birding trips in New England for various state Audubon Societies.

    At last a dream they had over a half-century ago has come true.

    What reviewers say:

    A permanent, stable reference for the future. The scholarly work in this book is a goldmine . . . the species accounts . . . form succinct portraits in space and time of bird distribution throughout the state and neighboring regions, particularly Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont. Because they are so well researched, the accounts provide a firm foundation on which to study the ever-shifting dynamics of our avifauna.
    Louis R. Bevier
    Journal of Field Ornithology

    Serious New England birders will devour The Birds of New Hampshire. It is nothing short of a landmark publication about the ornithology of our region.
    Mark Lynch
    Bird Observer

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