Mount Washington Moose Encounter

Moose alongside a pull-off on the Mount Washington Auto Road

Moose alongside a pull-off on the Mount Washington Auto Road

Another interesting sighting during my Mt. Washington trip was a moose.  I was walking back to where our van was parked, listening to the call notes of the elusive Bicknell’s Thrush along with the songs of Winter Wrens, Blackpoll Warblers, Boreal Chickadees and Swainson’s Thrushes and I noticed a man standing stock still beside the van.  Something had mesmerized him.  I approached him quietly and saw he was watching a moose, maybe 30 feet away.  This moose was completely oblivious, stripping the foliage from trees as it shambled along.  It was at a spot on the Mt. Washington Auto Road where a 1939 Pierce Arrow car lay wrecked, now nearly obscured by vegetation.

This may be a male as it seems to have antler patches but I'm not sure. There was another moose in the brush which may have been a calf, so it may be a female.

This may be a male as it seems to have antler patches but I’m not sure. There was another moose in the brush which may have been a calf, so it may be a female.

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