Date: 7/9/18 6:43 pm
From: Barbara Brosnan <bbrosnan...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Lake Champlain pelagic birding trip
Hello Allan. John Chamberlain and I would like to go and either Saturday or
Sunday works for us. Sign us up please.
Barbara Brosnan

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:<VTBIRD...>] On Behalf Of Allan Strong
Sent: Monday, July 9, 2018 10:09 AM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Lake Champlain pelagic birding trip

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.

I hope you can make it!

Allan Strong
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