MONHEGAN ISLAND, MAINE
Caught in Monhegan's Trap
September 15 to 20, 2018
Get ready to leave the noise and bustle of everyday life
behind as we venture to this picturesque and serene island off the coast of
Maine! Its remote location 12 miles offshore and diverse habitats help to make
Monhegan one of the top migrant
“traps” on the East Coast. Our time will be filled observing some of the
incredible array of birds that reside on or visit this island, such as flycatchers,
thrushes, vireos, warblers (over 20 species possible), sparrows, finches, and
blackbirds. We will scan the ocean waves for waterfowl, alcids, shearwaters,
jaegers, and other seabirds, while raptors pass by in their search for prey on
the island. The list of possibilities reads like a checklist, and we’ll search
for species such as Northern Gannet, Great Cormorant, Black Guillemot, Manx
Shearwater, Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Black-legged
Kittiwake, Parasitic Jaeger, Red-necked Phalarope, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron,
Philadelphia Vireo, Connecticut Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Orange-crowned
Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Clay-colored Sparrow, and many more!!
Regularly sighted vagrants include Western Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo,
Dickcissel, Lark Sparrow, Orchard Oriole, Blue Grosbeak, and more. Monhegan has
also hosted a stunning list of rarities, topped by the likes of Magnificent
Frigatebird, Bridled Tern, Swallow-tailed Kite, Say’s Phoebe, White-winged
Dove, Northern Wheatear, Lazuli Bunting, and Lark Bunting! We will be leaving
our vehicles on the mainland and soaking it all in while covering some of the
many trails on this small and peaceful island (only 1.7 miles long and .5 miles
wide), which includes a fresh water ice pond, nine acre meadow, and the tallest
cliffs on the eastern seaboard (180’). Wonderful birding, breathtaking scenery,
and an enchanting atmosphere - Monhegan has it all!
The tour starts/ends in Port Clyde, Maine. Besides the spectacular birding, coastal Maine has a natural beauty beyond compare. Monhegan itself has a quaint fishing village and artist’s retreat, with several shops and galleries; it is a favorite tourist day-trip destination in the summer. Maine is also famous for its historical lighthouses, one of which is located right on the island. This tour will truly be a memorable coastal experience!
ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE
This tour has been given an activity level of Moderate. It
is considered a more active tour with daily intermediate to long-distance
walking, usually on flat, smooth terrain. It also involves a water crossing
over open ocean, with the possibility of rough seas. Those with physical limitations should take these factors into
consideration, or contact the tour leader for details.
Additional information about the tour, with specific meeting times, accommodations, lists of things to bring, a reading list, further information about weather, dress, and so forth, will be mailed to all participants well in advance of the tour.
TOUR SIZE: This tour is limited to 10 participants.
PACE, WEATHER, AND TRAVEL CONDITIONS: The focus of the tour will be birds and scenery, but we will
have time for other wildlife, botany, and photography. There is no ground
transportation, as we will be walking throughout the tour. All accommodations
are at a single inn. Expect a warm to cool climate, depending on current
weather systems, with daily high temperatures usually in the 60s and lows in
the mid to upper 40s. The pace is relaxed, with some hikes of one-two miles on
easy to moderate terrain (some woodland trails with exposed roots and uneven
DATES: Saturday, September 15 to Thursday, September 20
PRICE: $1795 based on double occupancy; $580 single supplement (payable if you request single occupancy or if we can not find you a suitable roommate). A deposit of $500 will hold your place until July 15, 2018 when full payment becomes due. PRICE INCLUDES:
Professional guide services are included for the duration of the tour. This tour also includes five nights of seaside accommodations at a charming inn. Each room has a private bath. All rooms are furnished with one queen or king bed. Smoking is not permitted inside the building. Dinner at two of the fine local restaurants is provided (Saturday and Wednesday), as well as a buffet breakfast each morning. All other meals are the responsibility of the individual tour participants. The cost of the ferry crossing is included. NOT INCLUDED
: Transportation to/from Port Clyde is not included. For those flying into Portland, there are several options to travel to Port Clyde. For those driving to Port Clyde, safe parking is available at the dock for $7/day. Price does not include alcoholic beverages, laundry, and items of a personal nature.
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NJ Audubon Eco-Travel
c/o Center for Research and Education
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Phone: (609) 400-3852
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