Start your 2013 bird list in the Gulf of Maine. Michael Good of Down East Nature Tours and the Acadia Birding Festival (May 30-June 2, 2013) is recruiting hardy, experienced birders for a special, one-day, Pelagic birding trip, called Sea Bird Count (SeaBC), on Jan. 18, 19,or 20 2013. Here’s his description of the trip:
We will spend the day aboard, “The Osprey” which is owned and operated by the College of the Atlantic. The captain, Toby Stephenson, is a friend and colleague with whom I have worked for many years. The trip will take us south of MDI to the Ducks than we are off to Mount Desert Rock. If the weather cooperates, we will have an opportunity to go out to the northern edge of Jordan Basin where I have collected data for SeaBC over the last two winters. This trip will make the third SeaBC for the region and hopefully an opportunity to survey the Gulf of Maine on a yearly basis.
Good promises “close-up views of many of the Pelagic birds of the Gulf of Maine and an opportunity to chase after specialty birds for photography.” Possible sightings include: Dovekie, Razorbill, Northern Fulmar, Atlantic Puffin, Greater Shearwater, or Jaegers. “We will have opportunities to spend time with the rarer species and work some flocks of birds we find along the way out and back.”
The Date: Participants must be flexible with their schedules, as Good is working a three-day window during which time the trip will occur.” If there is a window of weather opportunity from Friday to Sunday we will choose the best day with comfortable seas. The weather will dictate how far off shore we will be capable of going. You should plan of Friday 18th, Saturday 19th or Sunday 20th as days that we will have to make this trip possible.” The full day trip will depart at 5:45 a.m. from the Northeast Harbor Town Pier.
Clothing: This will be a cold day simply because of the time of year. Thermals and wind gear a must. Hand and feet warmers are highly recommended to make the day comfortable. Food and water will not be provided. A potluck concept around food would be a great thing for the day.
The Price: Cost will be around $75 per person depending on the total number of participants. Good hopes to have around 15-20 people to make this trip reasonably cost effective.
Want to know more? Contact Good at 207-288-8128 or 207-479-4256 or info@DownEastNatureTours.com