Monhegan Migration Tour

Monhegan Migration Tour

Workshop Description

Monhegan Island, situated off the coast of Maine, is a haven for birdwatching enthusiasts. A birding tour on this picturesque island offers a unique and immersive experience for nature lovers. As you step off the ferry onto Monhegan's shores, you'll immediately be surrounded by the island's lush flora and abundant birdlife. The island's diverse habitats, from dense forests to rocky cliffs and pristine beaches, provide an ideal setting for spotting a wide variety of bird species. One of the highlights of a birding tour on Monhegan Island is the chance to witness migratory birds up close. During the spring and fall, countless songbirds, raptors, and seabirds pass through the island on their journey, making it a prime location for observing rare and beautiful species. Birdwatchers often gather near the island's iconic lighthouse, where they can spot Peregrine Falcons, Common Eiders, and Northern Gannets among others. Monhegan's intimate size ensures that you can explore the island's different birding hotspots easily, each offering its own unique avian treasures.

In addition to the remarkable birdwatching opportunities, Monhegan Island's rustic charm and unspoiled natural beauty make it a memorable destination for both novice and experienced birders. The island's cozy inns and welcoming community provide a comfortable base for your birding adventures. Whether you're capturing photos of migratory warblers or simply reveling in the serenity of the island's landscape, a birding tour on Monhegan Island promises a truly unforgettable ornithological experience.

The autumn migration is especially notable. As the summer folks thin out, the island becomes a birders’ heaven, with birding opportunities around every corner. Led by local birder Evan Obercian, our tour will spend three days sampling what the island has to offer during the peak of migration, from warblers to hawks to sparrows to unexpected migrants.

While significant birding can be accomplished right from the village and it’s outskirts, we’ll be hiking some narrow trails with lots of ups and downs so comfortable but sturdy shoes are strongly recommended.