Our shorebird cruises are tide-based, 3 hours before high tide thru 3 hours after
high tide. Anyone can walk the beach and see the Piping Plovers, from a distance. In fact we are happy to
nose the boat up to the beach for you to see the piping plovers without disturbing them. The local ferry lines do
not offer that option. You need to get offshore at high tide to see 1000's of shorebirds up close, 15-20 feet away, on
the roosts. We see Sander-lings, Semi Palmated Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers, both Yellow Legs,
Ruddy Turnstones, Piping Plovers, Semi Palmated Plovers, Black Bellied Plovers, and more. On good weather days
and time permitting we will take 'the good-cut' detour for pelagic seabirds, Manx Shearwaters, Wilson Petrels,
Terns, perhaps even a Newspaper Syndicate of Northern Gannet will show. This trip is best late July thru
Maine Seaduck Guide Service is also offering winter Purple Sandpiper cruises.
Maine is part of the winter range for these hardy shorebirds. Patrick has worked extensively with shorebird biologists
locating their offshore roosts. Purple Sandpipers begin showing up in November and stay through April.
This trip is fantastic for birders wanting to add Purples to their list. Patrick will get you close, 15-20 feet, so
you can get the pictures you want. We will anchor the boat and you can glass for 4 hours, the rest of the
6 hour charter is spent cruising.
This year 2012-2013 one of our known purple
flocks is in excess of 1200 individuals; we have also been seeing razorbills, dovekies and puffins regularly nearshore! Patrick
is also in the process of gathering materials for purple sandpiper decoys for the 2013-2014 season. This
will help keep the birds calm as we sit quietly glassing them.
|Banded Purple Sandpiper
|Right leg Green Flag over Red Band means Maine USA, Green Left leg means Casco Bay
These trips are out of a Bankes Goliath duck hunting skiff. The boat is 21' long, and there are no
facilities on board. What goes in must come out! We believe in frank talk, that said we are hunters. But like you we are also
birders year round. Many birders dislike hunting for personal reasons. We believe our love of birds, makes us uniquely qualified
to lead your group to an up close and personal shorebird experience. If our common love of birds is not something that links
us then please call one of the larger boats offering shorebird roost charters.
are $325 per person per day for parties of more than one; single birders are $450 per day. Longer days
are available by prior arrangement.
|This tells bios where birds where born