Birder's Guide

MAR 2018

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52 Birder's Guide to Travel | April 2018 ATLANTIC OCEAN • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • New England • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Bar Harbor, Maine Destination: Petit Manan, Duck Islands, Mount Desert Rock, and waters off Mount Desert Island Dates: 2 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, and Atlantis canyons area Dates: 25–26 Aug; 22–23 Sept Duration: 36 hours Cost: $335 Target species: White-faced Storm-Petrel plus 3 other storm-petrels, 4 or 5 species of shearwater, South Polar Skua, phalaropes, Long- tailed and Pomarine jaegers, Bridled Tern, Black- capped Petrel, Northern Gannet, phalaropes. Organizer: Brookline Bird Club. (781) 929-8772; brooklinebirdclub.org; ida8@verizon.net • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Mid-Atlantic • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Brooklyn, New York Destination: Hudson Canyon and waters off W Long Island Dates: 20–21 May; 19–20 Aug; 27 Oct; 20 Jan 2019 Duration: 14–22 hours Cost: $190–$250 (2018), TBD (2019) Target species: Spring: Cory's, Great, Sooty, and Manx shearwaters, Wilson's and Leach's storm- petrels, South Polar Skua, all three jaegers, Arctic Tern, Red and Red-necked phalaropes. Summer: 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 three jaegers, Arctic Tern, Red-necked Phalarope. Winter: Northern Fulmar, Dovekie, Razorbill, Common Murre, Atlantic Puf - fin, Black-legged Kittiwake, Red Phalarope. Organizer: See Life Paulagics, LLC. (215) 234- 6805; paulagics.com; info@paulagics.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Belmar, New Jersey Destination: Hudson Shelf Valley & New Jersey waters within 25 mi. Dates: 12 Jan 2019 Duration: 8 hours Cost: TBD Target species: Northern Fulmar, Dovekie, Razorbill, Common Murre, Atlantic Puffin, Black- legged Kittiwake, Red Phalarope. Organizer: See Life Paulagics, LLC. (215) 234- 6805; paulagics.com; info@paulagics.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Cape May, New Jersey Destination: Wilmington canyons and waters off New Jersey and Delaware Dates: 3–4 Jun;12–13 Aug; 10 Nov; 26 Jan 2019 Duration: 12–18 hours Cost: $180–$215 (2018), TBD (2019) Target species: Spring: Cory's, Great, Sooty, and Manx shearwaters, Wilson's and Leach's storm- petrels, South Polar Skua, all three jaegers, Arctic Tern, phalaropes. Summer: 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 three jaegers, Arctic Tern, Red-necked Phalarope. Winter: Northern Fulmar, Dovekie, Razorbill, Common Murre, Atlantic Puffin, Black- legged Kittiwake, Red Phalarope. Organizer: See Life Paulagics, LLC. (215) 234- 6805; paulagics.com; info@paulagics.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Lewes, Delaware Destination: Baltimore and Wilmington canyons and waters off Delaware and Maryland Dates: 25–26 Aug, 2 Feb 2019 Duration: 12–18 hours Cost: $185–$225 (2018), TBD (2019) Target species: 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 three jaegers, Arctic Tern, Red-necked Phalarope. Winter: Northern Fulmar, Dovekie, Razorbill, Common Murre, Atlantic Puffin, Black-legged Kittiwake, Red Phalarope. Organizer: See Life Paulagics, LLC. (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: 19 (20), 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 May; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Jun; 6, 7, 27, 28 Jul; 3, 4, 17, 18, 24, 25, 26 Aug; 8 (9), 22 (23) Sep; 6 (7),13 (14),19, 20 Oct; dates in parentheses are weather dates; winter dates TBA in fall 2018; ad - ditional dates may be added throughout the year, 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, North- ern 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, PO Box 772, Hatteras, NC 27943 www.seabirding.com; (252) 986-1363; brian@patteson.com; seabirding.blogspot.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Gulf of Mexico • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Key West, Florida Destination: The Dry Tortugas Dates: 15–18 Apr; 18–21 Apr; 22–25 Apr; 29 Apr–2 May Duration: 4 days / 3 nights Cost: $1400 Target species: Audubon's Shearwater, Bridled and Roseate terns, Brown and Masked boobies, Brown and Black noddies, spring passerine migrants. Organizer: Wildside Nature Tours. (888) 875-9453; wildsidenaturetours.com; info@wildsidenaturetours.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Port Aransas, Texas Destination: 100+ miles offshore to 3,000' depths, 500 Fathom Hump or other features, Gulf of Mexico Dates: Aug. Exact date TBD. PELAGIC DIRECTORY March 2018 through February 2019 Trips are for 2018 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 54

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