Birder's Guide

MAR 2016

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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54 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2016 27, 28 Aug.; 3, 4 Sep; TBA Oct.; Feb 2017 dates TBA in fall 2016; additional dates may be added throughout, and private charters are available year-round. (*) – bad weather make-up date Duration: 10–12 hours Cost: most trips $165; discount for multiple trips paid by check; see website for details Target Species: WINTER: Manx Shearwater, Northern Fulmar, Red Phalarope, Great Skua, Little Gull, Dovekie, Razorbill, Atlantic Puffn. SPRING & SUMMER: Black-capped Petrel, Cory's, Great, Manx, and Audubon's shearwaters, Wilson's and Band-rumped storm-petrels, Bridled Tern. SCARCE- TO-RARE: Trindade, Fea's, and Bermuda petrels, European Storm-Petrel, Red-billed and White- tailed tropicbirds, Masked Booby. SEASONAL: Sooty Shearwater, Leach's Storm-petrel, Red- necked Phalarope, all 3 jaegers, Sooty Tern. Organizer: Brian Patteson, Inc. TA Seabirding, PO Box 772, Hatteras, NC 27943 www.seabirding.com; (252) 986-1363; brian@patteson.com; seabirding.blogspot.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Manteo, North Carolina Destination: Gulf Stream waters beyond continental shelf Dates: 28, 29, 30 May Duration: 11–12 hours Cost: $155 Target species: Black-capped, Bermuda, Trindade, & Fea's petrels, Cory's, Great, Manx, and Audubon's shearwaters, Wilson's, Leach's, & Band-rumped storm-petrels, White-tailed & Red- billed tropicbirds, South Polar Skua, all 3 jaegers. Organizer: See Life Paulagics. (215) 234-6805; paulagics.com; info@paulagics.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Gulf of Mexico • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Port Aransas, Texas Destination: 50–60 miles offshore to 3,000' depths Date: 23 Jul Duration: 16 hours Cost: $220 early-bird fare if paid 3 months in advance; $240 otherwise Target Species: REGULAR: Cory's, Audubon's, and Great shearwaters; Band-rumped and Leach's storm-petrels (summer); Magnifcent Frigatebird; Masked Booby; Bridled and Sooty terns; Pomarine Jaeger. RARE: Sooty and Manx shearwaters; Red-billed Tropicbird; Brown Booby; Parasitic and Long-tailed jaegers; Brown Noddy. Marine mammals and whale shark. Organizer: Texas Pelagics. (281) 684-5425; texaspelagics.com; garyhodne@gmail.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: South Padre Island, Texas Destination: 50–60 miles offshore to 3,000' depths; 16-hour trip goes to Camel's Head Dates: 4 Jun; 27 Aug (16 hours); 17 Sep; 8 Oct Duration: 12 or 16 hours; see website for details Cost: $170–$200 early-bird fare if paid 3 months in advance; $190–$220 otherwise Target Species: REGULAR: Cory's, Audubon's, and Great shearwaters; Band-rumped and Leach's storm-petrels (summer); Magnifcent Frigatebird; Masked Booby; Bridled and Sooty terns; Pomarine Jaeger. RARE: Sooty and Manx shearwaters; Red-billed Tropicbird; Brown Booby; Parasitic and Long-tailed jaegers; Brown Noddy. Marine mammals and whale shark. Organizer: Texas Pelagics. (281) 684-5425; texaspelagics.com; garyhodne@gmail.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • PACIFIC OCEAN • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Alaska • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Juneau, Alaska Destination: Whittier, Alaska* via the northern Gulf of Alaska Dates: 21–25 Aug Duration: 42 hours at sea with land time birding in Juneau and Whittier Cost: $1,600 Target species: Fork-tailed Storm-petrel, Northern Fulmar, Black-footed Albatross, Buller's, Sooty, and Pink-footed shearwaters, Rhinoceros and Cassin's auklets, Marbled and Ancient murre - lets, Tufted and Horned puffns, all 3 jaegers. Organizer: Wilderness Birding Adventures. (907) 299-3937; wildernessbirding.com; info@wildernessbirding.com *Tour begins and ends at different ports. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Washington & Oregon • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Westport, Washington Destination: Grays Canyon and outer slope (35–40 miles offshore) Dates: 23 Apr; 14 May; 18 Jun; 23 Jul; 6, 13, 21, 27, 28 Aug; 3, 4, 10, 11, 24, 25 Sep; 1, 8, 22 Oct. Duration: 9–10 hours Cost: $145–$150 Target species: EXPECTED: Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Sooty Shearwater, Fork-tailed Storm-petrel, phalaropes, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Sabine's Gull, Cassin's Auklet, Pelagic Directory Continued from page 52

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