Birder's Guide

MAR 2017

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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74 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2017 ATLANTIC OCEAN • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • New England • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Bar Harbor, Maine Destination: Petit Manan, Duck Islands, Mount Desert Rock, and waters off Mount Desert Island Dates: 3 Jun Duration: 4 hours Cost: $85 Target species: Atlantic Puffin, 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: Hyannis, Massachusetts Destination: Hydrographer, Veatch, & Atlantis canyons Dates: 26–27 Aug; 23–24 Sep Duration: 36 hours Cost : $330 Target species: White-faced and 3 other storm- petrels, 5 species of shearwaters including Barolo, skuas, phalaropes, Long-tailed and Pomarine jaegers, Bridled Tern, tropicbirds, Black-capped Petrel. Organizer: Brookline Bird Club. (781) 929-8772; brooklinebirdclub.org; ida8@verizon.net • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Mid-Atlantic • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Lewes, Delaware Destination: Baltimore and Wilmington Canyons and waters off Delaware and Maryland Dates: 2–3 Jun; 19–20 Aug Duration: 18 hours Cost: $225 Target species: Wilson's, Leach's, Band-rumped, and White-faced storm-petrels, Cory's, Great, Audubon's, and Manx shearwaters, all three jaegers, South Polar Skua, 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: 13–14 Aug Duration: 18 hours Cost: $215 Target species: Wilson's, Leach's, Band-rumped, and White-faced storm-petrels, Cory's, Great, Audubon's, and Manx shearwaters, all three jaegers, South Polar Skua, Arctic Tern, Red- necked Phalarope. Organizer: See Life Paulagics. (215) 234-6805; paulagics.com; info@paulagics.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Brooklyn, New York Destination: Hudson Canyon and waters off western Long Island Dates: 4–5 Jun; 27–28 Aug Duration: 22 hours overnight Cost: $250 Target species: Wilson's, Leach's, Band-rumped, and White-faced storm-petrels, Cory's, Great, Audubon's, and Manx shearwaters, all three jaegers, South Polar Skua, 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: 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 May; 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 23, 24 Jun; 7, 8, 21, 22, 28, 29 Jul; 4, 5, 11, 12, 25, 26, 27, Aug; 2, 3 Sep; TBA Oct.; Feb 2018 dates TBA in fall 2017; additional dates may be added throughout, and private charters are available year-round. Duration: 10–12 hours Cost: most trips $169; 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 Puffin. 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 www.seabirding.com; (252) 986-1363; brian@patteson.com; seabirding.blogspot.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Gulf of Mexico • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Port Aransas, Texas Destination: 100+ miles offshore to 3,000' depths, 500 Fathom Hump or other features, Gulf of Mexico Dates: 22 Jul; 12 Aug; 16 Sep Duration: 16 hours Cost: $240 early bird fare if paid 3 months in advance, $260 regular fare. Target species: UNCOMMON TO REGULAR SPECIES: Cory's, Audubon's, and Great shearwaters; Band-rumped and Leach's storm- petrels (summer); Magnificent Frigatebird; Masked Booby; Bridled and Sooty terns; Pomarine Jaeger. RARE SPECIES: Sooty and Manx shearwaters, Red-billed Tropicbird; Brown Booby; Parasitic and Long-tailed jaegers, Brown Noddy. OTHER MARINE LIFE: Risso's, Bottlenosed, and Atlantic spotted dolphins; sperm, short- finned pilot, melon-headed, and beaked whales; whale shark. Organizer: Texas Pelagics. (281) 684-5425; www.texaspelagics.com; garyhodne@gmail.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port : South Padre Island, Texas Destination: 12-hour 50–60 miles offshore to 3,000' depths, Gulf of Mexico. 16-hour trip goes 80+ miles to Camel's Head Dates: 26 Aug (16 hour); 30 Sep Duration: 12 and 16 hours, see website for details Cost: $180/$230 early bird fare paid 3 months in advance; $200/$250 regular fare. Target species: UNCOMMON TO REGULAR SPECIES: Cory's, Audubon's, and Great shearwaters; Band- rumped and Leach's Storm-Petrels (summer); Magnificent Frigatebird; Masked Booby; Bridled PELAGIC DIRECTORY March 2017 through February 2018 Trips are for 2017 unless otherwise noted. If you would like to participate in next year's Pelagic Directory, contact Michael Retter no later than 30 November at mretter@aba.org for instructions. Continued on page 76

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