Join us on these special cruises dedicated to off-shore birding: a collaboration with Freeport Wild Bird Supply offering half-day “mini-pelagics!” We’ll seek out the rare and common seabirds that occur in our nearshore waters, but we will always have the hope to expect the unexpected. Derek will team up with our expert naturalists to spot, identify, and point out pelagic seabirds. Chumming efforts will provide opportunities to attract the birds in for better photo ops and viewing! While we’ll stop to look at any whales and whatever other interesting sea life we encounter along the way, it is the feathered wildlife we’re searching for, and will be focused on.
June 7, 2021 9:00am The early season “mini-pelagic” will have the opportunity to visit Eastern Egg Rock in addition to heading offshore. Nesting colonies in and around EER include Atlantic Puffins, Common Terns, Arctic Terns, Roseate Terns, and plenty of Black Guillemots. Sightings of Razorbills could be expected, and in 2020 we even spotted a Common Murre! Offshore, pelagic species may include Leach’s Storm-Petrels and Manx Shearwaters, both of which will be returning to local breeding islands are the hoped for species, along with early-arriving shearwaters or Wilson’s Storm-Petrels. Migrant jaegers are also possible and we’ll look for lingering Great Cormorants.