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MAINE IN FALL: Seabirds & Coastal Migrants
A new September itinerary at a beautiful season in Maine for coastal migrants and pelagic birds, with a good chance for skuas.

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This exciting tour hits one of the most scenic states on the Atlantic Coast near the height of fall migration for many shorebird, songbird, and seabird species. We will seek a rich diversity of birds along the coast with emphasis on the regional specialties -- from beak to claw (lobsters and fantastic seafood, anyone?).

As the Sanderling flies, there are just over 200 miles between the coast of New Brunswick and the coast of New Hampshire. However, the circuitous undulations of Maine's shoreline stretch out to more than 3500 miles! Rocky peninsulas, islands, rivers, and creeks draw a host of coastal migrants: sandpipers, plovers, dowitchers, yellowlegs, herons, and more. The rich waters of the Gulf of Maine attract many pelagic seabirds such as alcids, phalaropes, loons, shearwaters, storm-petrels, jaegers, and skuas (if we are lucky). Migrant songbirds like warblers, vireos, thrushes, and sparrows pile up along the coast as well. Most notable among our coastal targets are Atlantic Puffin, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Pomarine Jaeger, the rare Great Skua, and Great Cormorant. Boreal habitat all the way Downeast gives us access to pursue specialties like Spruce Grouse and Black-backed Woodpecker.

Our birding adventure together starts off with several days along the southern coast, based out of Portland. We will visit shorebirding hotspots like Biddeford Pool and Scarborough Marsh. Searching forest and field should turn up a nice diversity of migrant songbirds, too. From Portland, we'll make our way out to enchanting Monhegan Island for several nights. This quaint fishing village and artist enclave sits ten miles off the mainland and also happens to be one of the best migration hotspots for songbirds in the Northeast. We will casually bird the small community and neighboring trails while taking life down a notch and disengaging from the rest of the world. Those fall warblers won't be so confusing by the time we take the ferry back to the mainland. Four nights in Bar Harbor will be our gateway to Acadia National Park, Downeast, and the Gulf of Maine. A full-day pelagic trip gets us into waters where Pomarine Jaegers should be present in good numbers, and if we are lucky we might encounter their larger cousin, the Great Skua, as well. We will explore as far east as you can get in the lower 48 (West Quoddy Head) before we make our way back to Portland for departures.

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2019 Departures
Sep 9-18 ($3950)

2020 Departures
Sep 9-18

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Eric Hynes

What to Expect
Good accommodations, easy to moderate terrain, cool to warm climate.

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