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, receive a waiver form and obtain more information please email Pelagics@brooklinebirdclub.org.

View Historical Pelagic Reports

Upcoming Trips

Saturday-Sunday August 24-25, 2019. Overnight trip.
Hyannis to Hydrographer, Veach, and Atlantis Canyon area.
Target birds: White-faced Storm-Petrel, Band-Rumped and Leach’s Storm-Petrel, 5 Shearwater species (including possible BAROLO), 3 Jaeger species, terns, gulls, sea ducks, possible Tropicbird, Bridled Tern, Skua or other rarities.
Limit: 50 participants

Saturday-Sunday September 21-22, 2019. 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

We look forward to seeing you out there!