Date: 9/25/17 7:39 pm From: Jon Woolf <jsw...> Subject: [NHBirds] Still time to sign up for NHA Fall Pelagic
There's still time to sign up for Massabesic Audubon Center's fall pelagic-birding trip, and we have plenty of room left.
WHAT: NH Audubon's fall pelagic birding trip, run out of Massabesic Audubon Center. Our hosts for the day are Captain Pete Reynolds and his expert crew. Steve Mirick will be on the microphone, calling out birds and anything else interesting.
WHEN: Sunday, October 8th, 8am to 5pm
WHERE: Meet at 7:30AM dockside in Rye Harbor for an 8AM departure aboard the MV Granite State. We'll spend all day at sea, looking for birds and anything else interesting (but mostly for birds).
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. Sunglasses and/or a hat are a good idea. 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 at 3pm 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!