Puffins & Grouse - June 26-28, 2013
|It's a 2-Nation Vacation. This 3-day/2-night tour heads
downeast to visit the Atlantic Puffins on Machias Seal Island.
Bring your passport, as we'll also spend time on Canada's
Campobello Island and in the spruce forests along the Maine
coast searching for Spruce Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, and Boreal
Chickadees. Songbirds will be in full voice, so expect at least
18 species of warblers, plus a multitude of thrushes,
flycatchers, and kinglets. Pelagic species such as shearwaters,
storm-petrels, and gannets are likely.
We'll be staying at the
Eastland Motel, which is located just
ten minutes from Campobello and Quoddy Head State Park, and a
mere fifteen minutes from Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge and
a Maine Coast Heritage Trust site that is one of the most
notorious Spruce Grouse spots in the state.
Without question, the highlight of the trip is the
Bold Coast Charters tour to the puffin colony
on Machias Seal Island. Thousands of Atlantic Puffins,
Razorbills, Common Murres, and Black Guillemots make the island
home during nesting season. Historically, this has been a large
breeding colony for Common and Arctic Terns, too. When weather
conditions permit a landing, as they do much of the time, we'll
spend an hour or more in blinds within touching distance of the
Roosevelt International Park is just over the border on
Campobello. Spruce Grouse and Northern Goshawks inhabit the
maritime forest. Seals sit on the rocks just offshore. At the
north end of the island, the world's strongest tide surges
through Head Harbor Passage. Whales and porpoises sometimes come
close to shore to feed on the abundance. Even pelagic bird
species can be found here when the winds are right.
The Edmunds Division of Moosehorn Wildlife Refuge is infested
with warblers and flycatchers. We seldom miss Boreal Chickadees
in this spot, and Gray Jays and Black-backed Woodpeckers are
seen sporadically. Several land trusts have preserved unique
habitat in the area and we'll sample the best of the best.
Fee is $440 per person double occupancy. $590 single
occupancy. $220 deposit required upon booking; balance due at the end of the tour by check or cash. In the event that bad weather cancels the puffin trip,
the cost of the boat will be refunded. Tour guide is
Bob Duchesne, founder of the Maine
Trail and author of the trail guidebook. For more information or
to reserve, call Bob at
Tour is limited to 10 participants to insure
proper attention. Package price includes two nights lodging at
two breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners, the puffin trip, and guided
transportation by 15-passenger van. Rooms are simple but
comfortable. WIFI service provided. Free long distance phone
service in room!
3-day tour officially begins in Bangor on June 26th, and ends
there around 6pm on June 28th. This midweek tour has been
scheduled at a time that allows it to be fit flexibly into the
vacation plans of participants. Alternative transportation and
meeting places are possible in order for participants to fully
enjoy their time in Maine.