Great Blue Heron
Birdlife on the Cohos Trail
On the Cohos Trail you walk and climb through myriad micro-habitats, perhaps the most diverse of any bio-system in northern New England. From Arctic tundra to the chilly 120-foot depths of First Connecticut Lake, from black, cold spruce forests in dark bogs to beautiful wildflower meadows on open mountain slopes, you will drift through a healthy environment that supports great numbers of species of birds.
On the Cohos Trail, more than 130 different varieties of birds have been identified over the years, from resident winged wonders that stay year round, such as the Canada jay, to a few that have been spotted only once in ten years, such as the snowy owl. You will likely see loons, barred owls, and blue heron, but you may also discover bald eagles and osprey, rare three-toed woodpeckers, moorhens, secretive green herons, and tough to spot American bitterns. Warblers, thrush, chickadee, finches, and many others abound.