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Wildlife in New Hampshire

Updated on June 5, 2017
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Virginia has years of experience with gardening and wild pests in New Hampshire.

Meet the Wild Animals of New England

It's such a joy to see a chipmunk skitter across the yard or a red squirrel nibbling on an acorn that it turns with it's small paws. Late at night I hear the forlorn call of a loon on a nearby lake. When you spend time in a region like New England, spotting new wildlife becomes a game and a challenge.

Even after many trips to New Hampshire and Maine, it was in Nova Scotia that I finally saw a moose. This lens focuses on the wildlife from the largest to the tiniest that you might see in New Hampshire. I try to capture them with my camera and will share my photo successes with you here. For the animals that I don't have photos of, I've found videos that show them in the wild.

If you're planning a trip to New Hampshire, here are some of the delightful creatures you might spot in that state.

(squirrel photo by Virginia Allain)

Small Animals in New Hampshire



Red Squirrels in New Hampshire

There are both red squirrels and the larger gray squirrels. I was fascinated by the range of foods that the red squirrels eat. According to the New Hampshire Public Television website on red squirrels, they eat insects, seeds, bark, nuts, fruits and mushrooms. I hope they don't eat my strawberries, blackberries and blueberries that I'm growing in my garden.

NHPT said that pine seeds are the main thing that they eat. I see the center core of pine cones littering the forest floor around certain trees. Probably that's where my red squirrel lives. One of my neighbors saw a squirrel eating a mushroom, so that confirms that part of their diet.

Chipmunk in New Hampshire
Chipmunk in New Hampshire

Chipmunks in New Hampshire

These are a real treat to watch. My chipmunks like to dig up flower bulbs after I plant them. After one taste, they abandon the bulb as not to their taste. Maybe they really want peanuts like this one on the magnet. It's so funny the way they stuff the nuts into their cheeks.

If you're a fan of these cuties, zip over to my page, Fun Facts about Chipmunks to learn more about them.

Porcupines in New Hampshire - this video shows a baby porcupine

Porcupines don't fare well around highways and high-speed traffic. I've seen a number of them dead along the roadway. Maybe someday I'll get to see one shuffling through the forest. I prefer to see it from a respectful distance.

Where to Find Wildlife in New Hampshire - Guide available from Amazon

This is a compact but information-filled guide to the wildlife of New Hampshire. Introduced with facts about tools, techniques, photography hints and ethics, the book continues with chapters on each of three regions of the state -- White Mtns and Northern, Uplands, Southern plains and hills -- each beginning with a color map showing the 20-30 viewing sites listed, followed by color drawings of various species and a page for each site which lists a description of the locale, viewing information, directions to the site, ownership, size, closest town and recreation and facility information. With lots of colorful photographs and practical information, this invaluable book concludes with a species index. Terrific. (Amazon review by Audrey)

Birds in New Hampshire


I finally captured a photo of a loon with a fish in its beak.
I finally captured a photo of a loon with a fish in its beak. | Source

Books about Loons and Other Gifts - from Amazon featuring loons

Merganser with Babies on Her Back

These were close enough to shore that I photographed them from the dock.
These were close enough to shore that I photographed them from the dock. | Source

Large Animals in New Hampshire


There Are Black Bear around - but I've not met one yet (thank goodness)

My friend saw two young bear cubs near the mailboxes, so we know they are around here. We tie down the lid of our trash can to keep bears or raccoons from exploring the contents. This past summer, my brother-in-law saw one just down the road after leaving our camp.

This video shows a black bear on a deck in NH. It's interested in the seed in the bird feeder. It looks just like my back deck, so it sent a shiver down my back to see the bear hanging out in this video.

If You See a Car by the Road, Look around for a Moose - they may have stopped to watch one

Don't get foolishly close to the moose. They seem placid, but are large, unpredictable wild animals. Don't crowd the moose or make it feel trapped or cornered.

Insects in New Hampshire


Moth Emerging from a Cocoon - Pale Beauty, Campaea perlata


This is a photo I took.

What's Your Favorite New Hampshire Animal?

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    • VladimirCat profile image

      Vladimir 4 years ago from Australia

      I would like to see a chipmunk try and skitter across my yard! Fortunately, for my peace of mind, there's no chance of a bear dropping by either

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      chuckholmes301 4 years ago

      Great lens. I grew up in Maine and spent lots of time in New Hampshire.

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Great lens! I am featuring it on my . Thank you for your excellent work!

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      What amazing creatures! Blessed.

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      Linda Hoxie 6 years ago from Idaho

      What adorable photos, I would love to visit New Hamshire after visiting your lens. Blessed by a wildlife photography angel!

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      These are really nice photos. Getting good shots of small critters is particularly challenging and you did them beautifully.

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very that moth photo.

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      aliciamaggie54 6 years ago

      Nice wildlife lens. I like the video on the loon and the baby.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Give many many .. much love for this wildlife lens and you .. dear, lovely Virginia Allain :) You've a wonderful work as well. Really love them all. 5 animals and wildlife lovers stars for you :)

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      pkmcr 6 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Lovely images and really well presented and a very enjoyable read :-)

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Beautiful photographs - thanks. You live in a blessed place. Thanks for spreading the joy.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I've never been to New Hampshire, but many of the same animals live in my area on the opposite side of the country. Watching wildlife is one of my favorite activitiies, so I've seen most of the ones on your list. I see the western chipmunk and I've never seen a loon and that particular species of moth. A beautiful lens to introduce everyone to the wildlife of NH. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Do-It-Yourselfer 7 years ago

      I had a moose in my yard the other day but im in southern NH so it was unusual

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      love the bear vids. but i'm glad they aren't in my yard. :) i can't wait to move back to nh...

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      You certainly have some wonderful wildlife in New Hampshire. Although I don't think I'd like a bear visiting my back deck!! Lovely lens.

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      I love animals.... and I love the way this has been written and presented with all the great images and videos too. You've made me want to visit New Hampshire, which looks like a wonderful place to be in nature. Leaving an ~*~* Angel Blessing *~*~