Date: 7/10/18 10:48 am
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Fwd: FW: [VTBIRD] Lake Champlain pelagic trips are full - other options? (Please DO NOT reply to the listserv)
For the benefit of interested birders in New York, I am forwarding (with
Alan's permission) this announcement about a "pelagic" trip into Lake
Champlain. It's out of Burlington, Vermont, but adjacent to northern New
York waters. I don't know if the boat will actually enter NY waters, but
some of the birds might.

Lake Champlain has been seriously understudied in New York and has had a
long history of producing some very interesting rare species such as
Long-tailed Jaegers, Sabine's Gulls, and who knows what else might show up.

And how bad could a trip to Vermont be - anytime.

Contact Alan Strong at: -------->>>> <astrong...> <--------- to get on

Rich Guthrie

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds On Behalf Of Allan Strong

Hi VT Birders,

Both of the pelagic trips are full, but there is a lot of demand and I'm
trying to determine if we can run some additional trips.

If you are still interested and haven't contacted me already, please fill
out this doodle poll so I can gauge additional interest.

All the best,

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

Richard Guthrie


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