Date: 7/9/18 11:06 am
From: Ken Cox <kencox5...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Lake Champlain pelagic birding trip

Please sign me up for the Sunday trip. Thank you.


On Mon, Jul 9, 2018 at 1:31 PM, Kaye Danforth <
<000003762748b609-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> Yes, please reserve room on Sunday’s pelagic for 3 people please!
> Thanks Allan, I’ll look forward to hearing from you with details.
> Kaye in Hinesburg
> > On Jul 9, 2018, at 10:09 AM, Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...> wrote:
> >
> > Hi VT Birders,
> >
> > I've got UVM's research vessel, the Melosira, reserved for another Lake
> Champlain "pelagic trip" on 8 (Sat) and 9 (Sun) September.
> >
> > The trips will be about 4 hours (7:30-11:30) and the cost will be $50.00.
> >
> > As we've found in past years, there are no guarantees about how the
> birding might be, but we will be right at the "peak" for jaeger migration,
> as well as the time of year for that annual Sabine's Gull, and we'll be in
> season for other ducks, shorebirds (phalaropes?), terns, and, well, who
> knows what else? We'll also be chumming on both trips with the goal of
> bringing birds close to the boat. Last year we had great luck with a couple
> of jaegers (Parasitic and Long-tailed) and an immature Sabine's Gull. But,
> we've also had some lackluster days as well.
> >
> > A note about the Melosira. It is a steady boat, but if the water is
> choppy, viewing can be challenging as you are watching from a moving
> platform. Additionally, the boat is designed to chase fish and the things
> fish eat (like zooplankton), so it is not designed to get anywhere in a
> hurry. If an unusual bird comes whizzing by the boat, we probably won't
> have much luck in trying to outrun it for a better look.
> >
> > But, this is a totally different perspective on birding, and we might
> just find some really cool birds!
> >
> > If you are interested, please send me an email to reserve a place, let
> me know which day is of interest, and I'll send you further instructions on
> making a final reservation.
> > <astrong...><mailto:<astrong...>
> >
> > I hope you can make it!
> >
> > Allan Strong

Kenneth Cox
South Reading, VT
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