New England’s Breeding Birds

Friday, June 9, 2017 to Sunday June 18, 2016

Bicknell's Thrush
Mourning Warbler

Each spring hoards of birds make their way to New England to breed making this area one of the most exciting summer birding locations in North America. Birds like Canada, Blackpoll, Blackburnian, Bay-breasted, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Black-and-white, Yellow-rumped, Magnolia, Mourning and Nashville Warblers are joined by birds like Yellow-bellied, Alder and Least Flycatcher, Boreal Chickadee, Bicknell’s, Swainson’s, Hermit and Wood Thrush, Dark-eyed Junco, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Purple Finch, Black-backed Woodpecker and Rusty Blackbird in the north woods and are some of the species we expect to see, photograph and hear during our visit.

Black-throated Blue Warbler
Mt Washington View

The trip will also offer many opportunities to photograph the beautiful scenery of the area from lighthouses along scenic rocky coast of Maine to beautiful mountainscapes in the Presidential Range to peaceful mountain lakes and the verdant scenery of the North Woods.

Maine Lighthouse
Saltmarsh Sparrow

Our trip will start on the Atlantic coast in search of birds like Saltmarsh Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow and Common Eider before heading inland for woodland birds and scenic Mt Washington.

We have reserved a boat to take us out to photograph Common Loons in breeding plumage.  This will give us the best chance to obtain good photos of this impressive species. 

Common Loon

Our journey will take us right to the Canadian border as we work on making photos of the numerous songbirds we expect to encounter.  In addition to beautiful birds we will find ourselves in the midst of some of the most beautiful scenery in the country.  With some luck we might encounter moose, deer, bear, porcupine and maybe even a Spruce Grouse.

 

Moose
Razorbill

Once we have had our fill of woodland birds we will make our way to the Maine coast. Here we will make two boat trips out to the largest Atlantic Puffin colony in the US. Weather permitting, we will even have an opportunity to land on the island and photograph Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills and Common Murre’s at close range from a blind. Other birds typically encountered on these boat rides include Arctic Tern, Common Eider and Black Guillemot. We will also have a chance to see and photograph three lighthouses on this leg of the trip.

Atlantic Puffin
Spruce Grouse

We will be travelling in a comfortable van with a maximum of four guests. This will allow everyone to best take advantage of the photography opportunities and keep things comfortable. For most of the trip we will be in fairly remote areas where food and lodging will be simple but comfortable.

Black-backed Woodpecker

We will, however, have opportunities to enjoy some excellent seafood including Maine lobster during our travels. Most of the birding on this trip will be near our vehicle but there will be opportunities for some short hikes. Overall the physical exertion level for this trip will be low to moderate.  Most of our birding will be within view of our van though there will be a couple of opportunities for short hikes on well maintained trails.  On the boat rides to the puffin colony conditions are typically smooth though conditions can be unpredictable. 

Boreal Chickadee
Canada Warbler

The cost of the trip is $2875 per person (double occupancy) and includes all transportation starting and ending at the Super 8 in Manchester, NH, all guide services, all entry fees and lodging starting the night of June 9, 2016 and ending on the night of June 18, 2016.  Guests will be responsible for their food and transportation to and from Manchester.  If you want a private room there will be an additional $450 fee.

Blackpoll Warbler
Purple Finch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
American Redstart
Gray Jay
Northern Parula
Arctic Tern
Nashville Warbler
White-throated Sparrow
Black-throated Green Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Dark-eyed Junco
Rusty Blackbird
Ovenbird