See how the National Audubon Society has reestablished a puffin colony on Eastern Egg Rock, as well as lighthouses and other points of interest.
Special Pelagic Bird Cruise
With Expert Bird Guide Derek!
- Adult All Ages!
- Dog Fare
Calling all Birders!
Join us on these special cruises dedicated to off-shore birding: a collaboration with Freeport Wild Bird Supply offering half-day “mini-pelagics!” We’ll seek out the rare and common seabirds that occur in our nearshore waters, but we will always have the hope to expect the unexpected. Derek will team up with our expert naturalists to spot, identify, and point out pelagic seabirds. Chumming efforts will provide opportunities to attract the birds in for better photo ops and viewing! 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, and will be focused on.
June 2023 TBD The early season “mini-pelagic” will have the opportunity to visit Eastern Egg Rock in addition to heading offshore. Nesting colonies in and around EER include Atlantic Puffins, Common Terns, Arctic Terns, Roseate Terns, and plenty of Black Guillemots. Sightings of Razorbills could be expected, and a Common Murres are occasionally seen! We’ll then turn for deeper waters where pelagic species may include Leach’s Storm-Petrels and Manx Shearwaters, both of which will be returning to local breeding islands. Other species we’ll be hoping for include early-arriving shearwaters or Wilson’s Storm-Petrels. Migrant Jaegers are also possible and we’ll look for lingering Great Cormorants.
Derek’s Trip Report June 2021
Derek’s Trip Report June 2022
July 2023 TBD In the heat of summer, Derek will be onboard for this special Whale Watch & Birding Buffs Combo Cruise. The itinerary will include a visit to Eastern Egg Rock as well as whale feeding grounds. Nesting colonies and pelagic sightings will be highlighted. Around EER at this time we can expect to find Atlantic Puffins, Common Terns, Arctic Terns, Roseate Terns, Laughing Gulls, Double-Crested Cormorants, Common Eiders, Black Guillemots, with a chance of Razorbill and Common Murre. Off-shore sightings will likely include Northern Gannets, up to 4 species of Shearwaters (Great, Sooty, Cory’s, and Manx), and Wilson’s Storm Petrels. Sorry, no chumming this time.
Derek’s Trip Report July 2021
Derek’s Trip Report July 2022
October 10, 2023 9:00am This 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 South Polar Skua, and maybe even an early Dovekie.
Derek’s Trip Report October 2020
Derek’s Trip Report October 2021
Derek’s Trip Report October 2022
Good To Know
We’ll leave the dock promptly at departure time for a 4-5 hour trip. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase, but you are welcome to pack your own food and water. Be prepared for light rain or showers, and bring plenty of layers for staying comfortable outside. Likewise, with any boat trip, weather cancellations for wind or waves (especially in fall) are always possible.
Derek Lovitch, of Freeport Wild Bird Supply, guides extensively in Maine, and has led tours throughout North America from Alaska’s Pribilof Islands to Hawaii. His second book, – Birdwatching in Maine: A Site Guide – describes 201 birding sites in Maine including Cap’n Fish’s Cruises!