We are excited to be able to announce a new partnership with the great folks at Cap’n Fish’s Cruises. We’ve been going out on their whale watches for years for productive seabirding without traveling too far from home. In fact, they are featured in Site L3 of Derek’s Birdwatching in Maine: A Site Guide.

Our first collaboration will be to offer a half-day “mini-pelagic” on Monday, 10/12.  The fall excursion gives a chance at some very sought after pelagic species, such as Great Skua. More likely species include Northern Fulmar; Black-legged Kittiwake; Pomarine and Parasitic Jaeger; shearwaters - Great, Sooty, Cory’s, and possibly even Manx; Razorbill and Atlantic Puffin; Red and Red-necked Phalaropes, and much more. Other possible, if unlikely, species at this date include Leach’s Storm-Petrel, South Polar Skua, and maybe even an early Dovekie. Very few birding trips have occurred in these waters in October, so we will all have the hopes to expect the unexpected.

Derek will team up with the boat’s expert naturalists to spot, identify, and point out pelagic seabirds. 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 today and will be focused on.

For more information, including a direct link to Cap'n Fish for reservations, can be found on the Tours, Events, and Workshops Page of the website.


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