Date: 8/24/17 5:04 pm From: Jon Woolf <jswoolf01...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] NH Audubon fall pelagic birding trip
As usual, this fall Massabesic Audubon Center is organizing a fall Pelagic Birding expedition. As we have for the last couple of years, we're going out in early October: Sunday, October 8th to be exact. The trip plan remains the same as past years:
WHAT: NH Audubon 2017 Fall Pelagic Birding Trip
WHEN: Sunday, October 8th. Meet dockside in Rye Harbor at 7:30AM for an 8:00 departure aboard the MV /Granite State/, with Captain Pete Reynolds and his expert crew. Steve Mirick will be on the microphone, calling out birds and any other interesting sightings. We'll spend all day at sea, searching for birds, whales, and anything else that crosses our path, and return to harbor around 5pm.
WHAT TO BRING: Binoculars, of course. A digital camera is always a good idea, as these trips often produce excellent photo opportunities. Bring a lunch if you like. /Granite State/ has a snack bar aboard that can provide both cold and hot food and drink, especially coffee and hot chocolate. Weather on the open water is unpredictable: sometimes hot, sometimes rather chilly (although given the time of year, 'chilly' is more likely). Prepare for both. Certainly bring sunscreen, and either sunglasses or a hat. Bring motion-sickness pills if you're vulnerable to seasickness. /Granite State/'s seating is mostly wooden benches, so a seat cushion is a good idea if you have trouble with sitting on hard surfaces.
WHAT WE MIGHT SEE: Hard to say. Early October on Jeffrey's Ledge is a 'mixed' time of year, with a possibility of lingering summer birds, early winter birds, fall migrants... Past trips have produced Cory's and Great shearwaters, Northern Fulmar, Northern Gannet, a Pomarine Jaeger, a Black-legged Kittiwake, and a wide variety of fall migrants. Beyond that, your guess is as good as ours!
REGISTRATION: You must register in advance for this trip. We need a minimum of 30 people to pay for the trip. We've set a maximum of 50 so that the boat doesn't get too crowded. Cost is $70 for NH Audubon members, $90 for non-members. Contact Massabesic Audubon Center (phone 603-668-2045, email <mac...>) to sign up. Contact either MAC or me with any questions you might have.
PELAGIC BIRDS WORKSHOP: To go with the trip, I will be holding a 1-hour workshop at Massabesic Center on Saturday Oct 7th. This is free to anyone who has signed up for the trip, and $5 to others. The workshop discusses the most common pelagic birds and how to identify them. Since we generally see both whales and birds on these trips, the workshop also includes information on the common whales of the Gulf of Maine.
My thanks go out to all who have made these trips a success in past years. I hope to see you again this year ... along with as many new faces as we can fit!
-- Jon Woolf Manchester, NH (Massabesic Audubon Center Volunteer)