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Sharpies, Sparrows, Cider Donuts

  • Carter Hill Orchard 73 Carter Hill Rd. Concord, NH 03303 (map)

A young Sharp-shinned Hawk buzzes by, heading southward
Photograph by Andre Moraes

One of the spectacles of early October is the migration of the Sharp-shinned Hawk—over a hundred of these blue-jay-sized demons may whizz by in a single day, along with their larger cousin, the Cooper’s Hawk. They pop up in ones and twos all over the sky--a regular meteor shower of these raptors known as accipiters. This is also the time of year for sparrows: White-crowned, White-throated, Chipping, Song, Savannah, Lincoln’s, and maybe a Clay-Colored. Carter Hill Orchard, set between the Contoocook River and Penacook Lake in Concord, is an ideal spot for watching these birds roll through. New Hampshire Audubon's full-time hawk-watcher will show us the lay of the land and help us pick out anything with wings that’s flying over it. And as if that weren’t enough, there are apples to pick, caramel apples to eat, cider donuts to sample, and the smells of the fall to soak up. Meet at the observation platform around 10:00 a.m. Feel free to have a picnic lunch and stay all afternoon!

Earlier Event: October 4
Birds in the Hand
Later Event: November 22
Birds of Prey Show