Pelagic Trips 2017-07-10T20:07:12+00:00

Pelagic Trips

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White-tailed Tropicbird by Jeff Offermann

The coastal waters of Massachusetts host an incredible variety of pelagic species. The BBC leads pelagic trips to find the rare and unusual species that visit these waters. In the winter there are alcids (Dovekie, Razorbill, both Murres, Guillemots). In the summer and fall there are chances for rarities such as Tropicbirds, Black-capped Petrels, and both species of Skua. Massachusetts is arguably the best place in North America to see the rare White-faced Storm-petrel. For historical reports, see here.

Our boat from Hyannis, the Helen H, is a very comfortable, fast, 100-foot fishing boat with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic captain and crew. We use gallons of chum to attract the birds. There are 38 bunks aboard for overnight trips. There is a full galley with excellent food at reasonable prices. Parking is free.

From Gloucester, we take the Privateer, a very comfortable whale watching boat captained by a very knowledgeable Jay Frontierro. The galley has light snacks, pastries, coffee and cocoa. Parking is free.

To reserve a space, send a check for the full amount made out to Brookline Bird Club Agent along with a signed waiver to:

Ida Giriunas, 83 Summer Ave, Reading, MA 01867 and include your email or your postal address for confirmation, boarding instructions, and other details.

To register and to receive further information and a waiver form contact Ida at 781-929-8772, ida8@verizon.net.

View Historical Pelagic Reports

Upcoming Trips

Saturday, May 20, 2017. 8:00am to 1:00 pm
Pelagic Birding on the 7 Seas Whale Watch, Gloucester

Sunday, June 25, 2017. 8:00am to 1:00 pm
Pelagic Birding on the 7 Seas Whale Watch, Gloucester

Saturday- Sunday August 19-20. Overnight trip.
Hyannis to Hydrographer, Veach, and Atlantis Canyon area.
Target birds: White-faced, Band-rumped and Leach’s Storm-Petrel, 5 shearwater species (including possible BAROLO), 3 jaeger species, terns, gull, sea ducks, possible Tropicbird, Bridled Tern, Skua, or other rarities.
Limit 50 participants
Cost: $310.00 (BBC members), $330.00 (non-members).

Saturday-Sunday September 23-24. Overnight trip.
Hyannis to Hydrographer, Veach, and Atlantis Canyon area.
Target birds: White-faced Storm-Petrel, other petrels, several species of shearwater, jaegers, possible Skua, terns and other seabirds and mammals.
Limit: 50 participants
Cost: $310 (BBC Members); $330 (non-members)

Saturday December 2. 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. [Rain date: December 3] Gloucester to Stellwagon Banks
Birds expected: Alcids, Fulmar, Gannets, Phalaropes, Shearwaters, Jaegers, several gulls, Kittiwakes, any rarities and the marine mammals are spectacular.

Limit: 75 participants
Cost: BBC members $50, non-members $70

 

Saturday, January 13, 2018. 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. [Rain date: January 14] Gloucester to Stellwagon Banks
Birds expected: Alcids, Fulmar, Gannets, Phalaropes, Shearwaters, Jaegers, several gulls, Kittiwakes, any rarities and marine mammals.

Limit: 75 participants
Cost: BBC members $50, non-members $70

 

We look forward to seeing you out there!