Tours and Packages
Downeast Big Day - May 29, 2013
Trip leader: Maine Birding Trail
This one-day tour is an extension of the Acadia Birding
Festival. It is a 14 hour birding blitz along the
northern coast of Maine, designed to be flexible for
those who are making festival plans. We'll meet at the
Machias Motor Inn at 6am, pass by again at 4pm (for
those who need to leave early), and end the day there at
8pm. Participants may spend Tuesday and/or Wednesday
night in Machias, or travel up the coast from Acadia to
meet the group early Wednesday morning. We'll travel by
15-passenger van to all the secret hot spots in this
vicinity, searching for Spruce Grouse, Boreal
Chickadees, Gray Jays, and up to 100 other species in
just one day!
Puffins and Bicknell's Thrush - June 11 - 13, 2013
Trip leader: Maine Birding Trail
This intensive tour packs a lot into three days. We
begin at Scarborough Marsh near Portland, ferreting out
Nelson's and Saltmarsh Sparrows. Next stop: Pine Point
for a chance at Piping Plovers and Roseate Terns. After
a lobster and seafood lunch, we'll run up the coast for
Atlantic Puffins and more terns. The following day takes
us to the western mountains where the chief target is
the rare and very hard-to-get Bicknell's Thrush. (I
can't tell you where. It's a secret spot.) Blackpoll,
Mourning, and Bay-breasted Warblers are in the same
spot. So are Yellow-bellied Flycatchers and Boreal
Chickadees. We expect to have them all before breakfast.
Then it's off for more northern forest birding.
Katahdin's Splendor -
June 16-18, 2013: Trip leader: Maine Birding Trail
Baxter State Park surrounds Mt.
Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak. At 200,000
acres, it is more than four times the size of Acadia National
scenery on this adventure is equal to the variety and
rarity of birds to be found here. While cruising the park’s
perimeter road, we’ll pursue Spruce and Ruffed Grouse,
Philadelphia Vireos, Gray Jays, and Boreal Chickadees. Evening
Grosbeaks and both species of crossbill are on the target list.
Bay-breasted and Blackpoll Warblers forage next to the road, and
we'll try for Cape May, Mourning, and Tennessee Warblers. We'll search especially for American Three-toed and
Black-backed Woodpeckers. Moose are common.
Farm - June 21-23, 2013
(two slots left)Trip leader: Maine Birding Trail
The inn is located above Moosehead Lake, in the heart of
Maine's working forest. We won't see pavement for days.
We'll be sharing the dirt highways with loggers and
moose. Difficult target species include American
Three-toed Woodpecker, Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray
Jay, Boreal Chickadee, and Northern Goshawk. Evening
Grosbeaks make daily visits to the feeder behind the
inn. Twenty species of warbler are likely, including
Mourning, Bay-breasted, Cape May, Blackpoll, and
Tennessee Warblers. Target sparrows include singing Fox
and Lincoln's. At least six species of flycatcher are
probable, including Alder, Olive-sided and
Yellow-bellied Flycatchers. Ruffed Grouse are almost
inevitable; Spruce Grouse are more difficult. Last year
broke the record with over 110 species seen during the
tour. Read more.
Puffins and Grouse
- June 26-28, 2013
(full)Trip leader: Maine Birding Trail
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. Our accommodations are 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.
Grand Manan! - August 8-11, 2013
(one room left) and
September 8-11, 2013 Trip leader: Maine Birding Trail
Bob Duchesne. For a century or more, it has been a favorite
destination for birding tours. It's also where many of
the world's last remaining North Atlantic Right Whales
come to feed in the Bay of Fundy. Seabirds share this
abundance, and so a boat tour in these waters is
sometimes astonishing. We'll take TWO boat tours. In fact, even the
ferry ride to Grand Manan is usually full of Great and
Sooty Shearwaters, and if the seas are relatively calm
on the crossing, it's often possible to spot Atlantic
Puffins, Razorbills and Common Murres among them.
Northern Gannets and Black-legged Kittiwakes are also
likely to fly alongside the ferry. Hump-backed Whales
and White-sided Dolphins are regularly sighted. This
four day tour visits one of the birdiest, most scenic
places on earth. Read more.