Franconia Notch State Park is home to a wide variety of hawks, owls, and other birds. Walking along Profile Lake you will usually notice a Great Blue Heron hanging out with the fly-fishers waiting for the opportune moment to steal a fish.
While hiking on Franconia Ridge you might be able to hear some Peregrine Falcons roosting on the cliff sides. There are special regulations for rock climbers during the roosting months to ensure the falcons will not be disturbed.
The Cannon Aerial Tramway at exit 34B, is a great easy way to get to the Cannon Mountain summit, which is a prime spot for birding enthusiasts.
Cannon Mountain isn’t the only great spot to go birding in Franconia Notch! Nearby attractions like the Flume, Basin, Echo lake, Profile Lake, and Lafayette Place Campground are known bird habitiats as well.
Echo and Profile Lake are also home to various species of water fowl, including the Wood Duck and the Common Merganser.
Echo Lake also has a population of Loons which are best known for their distinguishable calls.
Look to the skies and you’ll often see hawks soaring over above you.
Franconia Notch State Park is widely known for its beautiful mountains, stunning foliage, and cascading waterfalls, but sometimes our wildlife is overlooked. Next time you’re in the Notch keep your eyes peeled for some of our majestic flying friends.