Birder's Guide

MAR 2016

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52 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2016 ATLANTIC OCEAN • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • The Maritimes • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Gran Manan Island, New Brunswick Destination: tide rips of the outer Bay of Fundy Dates: daily 25 Jun–15 Sep Duration: 4–5 hours Cost: $70 Target species: Wilson's and Leach's storm- petrels; Great, Sooty, and Manx shearwaters; phalaropes; Common Murre; Atlantic Puffn; jaegers; skuas; Northern Fulmar. Organizer: Whales-n-Sails Adventures. (888) 994-4044; whales.ca; info@whales-n-sails.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • New England • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Bar Harbor, Maine Destination: Petit Manan, Duck Islands, Mount Desert Rock, and waters off Mount Desert Island Dates: 4 Jun Duration: 4 hours Cost: $85 Target species: Atlantic Puffn, Razorbill, Common Murre, Roseate and Arctic terns, Wilson's and Leach's storm-petrels, Northern Fulmar, Great, Sooty, and Manx shearwaters, Parasitic and Pomarine jaegers, South Polar Skua. Organizer: Acadia Birding Festival. (207) 233-3694; acadiabirdingfestival.com; beckym@acadiabirdingfestival.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Bar Harbor, Maine Destination: Bay of Fundy Date: 17 Sep Duration: 7 hours Cost: $135 Target species: Northern Fulmar, Great, Sooty, and Manx shearwaters, Wilson's and Leach's storm-petrels, Great Cormorant, phalaropes, Great and South Polar skuas, Pomarine and Parasitic jaegers, Razorbill, Atlantic Puffn, Black-legged Kittiwake. Organizer: Maine Audubon. (207) 781-2330; maineaudubon.org; info@maineaudubon.org • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Camden, Maine Destination: One or more seabird nesting islands; nearshore and inshore waters via Windjammer sailing. Dates: 24–30 Jul Duration: 6 days, 6 nights Cost: $1060 Target species: Atlantic Puffn, Razorbill, Common Murre, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Manx, Great, and Sooty shearwaters, Red-billed Tropicbird, Arctic and Roseate terns, Black Guillemot, Great Cormorant. Organizer: Freeport Wild Bird Supply. (207) 865-6000; freeportwildbirdsupply.com and The Schooner Lewis R. French. (207) 594-2241; schoonerfrench.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Hyannis, Massachusetts Destination: Hydrographer/Veatch Canyons area in July; Nantucket Shoals in Nov. Dates: 16 Jul, 12 Nov Duration: 16 hours in Jul; 8 hours in Nov Cost: $215 in Jul; $120 in Nov Target species: SUMMER: 4 or 5 species shearwaters including Audubon's, 3 or 4 species storm-petrel, skuas, phalaropes, jaegers, Bridled Tern, Black-capped Petrel. WINTER: alcids including Dovekie, Northern Fulmar, 3 shearwaters, gannets, phalaropes, gulls (including "Kumlien's"), sea ducks. Organizer: Brookline Bird Club. (781) 929-8772; brooklinebirdclub.org; ida8@verizon.net • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Hyannis, Massachusetts Destination: Hydrographer/Veatch/Atlantis Canyon area Dates: 20–21 Aug; 24–25 Sep Duration: 36 hours. Cost: $330 Target species: White-faced and 3 other storm- petrels, 4 or 5 shearwaters, skua, phalaropes, Long-tailed and Pomarine jaegers, Bridled Tern, Black-capped Petrel, gannets, phalaropes, gulls. Organizer: Brookline Bird Club. (781) 929-8772; brooklinebirdclub.org; ida8@verizon.net • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Mid-Atlantic • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Brooklyn, New York Destination: Hudson Canyon and waters off western Long Island Dates: 5–6 Jun; 28–29 Aug Duration: Varies Cost: $130 (8 hours), $190 (14 hours), $250 (22 hours) Target species: Black-capped Petrel, Cory's, Great, Audubon's, and Manx shearwaters, South Polar Skua, Wilson's, Leach's, Band-rumped, and White-faced storm-petrels, all 3 jaegers, Arctic Tern, Red-necked Phalarope. Organizer: See Life Paulagics. (215) 234-6805; paulagics.com; info@paulagics.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Cape May, New Jersey Destination: Wilmington Canyons and waters off New Jersey and Delaware Dates: 21–22 May; 10–11 Sep Duration: 18 hours overnight Cost: $215 Target species: SPRING: Cory's, Great, Sooty, and Manx shearwaters, Wilson's and Leach's storm- petrels, South Polar Skua, all 3 jaegers, Arctic Tern, phalaropes. SUMMER: Black-capped Petrel, Cory's, Great, Audubon's, and Manx shearwa - ters, South Polar Skua, Wilson's, Leach's, Band- rumped, and White-faced storm-petrels, all 3 jaegers, Arctic Tern, Red-necked Phalarope. Organizer: See Life Paulagics. (215) 234-6805; paulagics.com; info@paulagics.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Lewes, Delaware Destination: Baltimore and Wilmington Canyons and waters off Delaware and Maryland Dates: 3–4 Jun; 20–21 Aug Duration: 18 hours overnight Cost: $225 Target species: Black-capped Petrel, Cory's, Great, Audubon's, and Manx shearwaters, South Polar Skua, Wilson's, Leach's, Band-rumped, and White-faced storm-petrels, all 3 jaegers, Arctic Tern, Red-necked Phalarope. Organizer: See Life Paulagics. (215) 234-6805; paulagics.com; info@paulagics.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Hatteras, North Carolina Destination: Gulf Stream, continental shelf and slope waters, aboard our own boat, Stormy Petrel II Dates: 14 (15)*, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 May; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 24, 25 Jun; 1, 2, 3, 15, 16, 29, 30 Jul; 5, 6, 12, 13, 26, PELAGIC DIRECTORY March 2016 through February 2017 Trips are for 2016 unless otherwise noted. If you would like to participate in next year's Pelagic Directory, contact Michael Retter at mretter@aba.org for instructions. Continued on page 54

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