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, 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. Instructions for reserving a spot and payment are found within each trip listing.

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

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).

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)

November 18. 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. [Rain date: November 19]
Hyannis to Nantucket Shoals
Birds expected: Alcid, Fulmar, Northern Gannet, phalaropes, shearwaters, jaegers, several gulls, hundreds of sea ducks, mammals, any rarities.
Limit: 65 participants
Cost: BBC members $100, non-members $120

We look forward to seeing you out there!