Star Island Birding Weekends 2015

May 22-24 (full)       May 29-31(space)       September 25-27 (full)

Reserve your place at:

May –

Sept –

Cost of $300pp, fully refundable with cancellation notice of at least 4 weeks.

Registration includes:

  • All Meals for the duration of the trip – Breakfast served at 8:30, lunch at 12:30, and dinner at 6:30. If you have special dietary requirements, these can be addressed. Contact me for information.
  • Transport to and from the island (either via the Thomas Laighton from Portsmouth or the Uncle Oscar from Rye Harbor).
  • Accommodation from Friday through Sunday- guests will be staying in either the hotel or single story dwellings with a private half bathroom attached to each room with two twin beds per room
Star Island September 2011

Star Island September 2011

Star Island is THE place to be to get the best of New Hampshire’s fall migration. This beautiful island is located 7 miles off the coast of New Hampshire and boasts a list of almost 250 bird species recorded to date, including many rarities. In the last few years alone, I  have managed to see King Eider, White-eyed Vireo, Sedge Wren, Worm-eating Warbler, Connecticut Warbler, Clay-colored Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Dickcissel, and Yellow-headed Blackbird – and that’s just me!

I have partnered with Star Island Corporation to offer a two-night stay on the island this spring from May 22 to 24 and this fall from September 25 to 27. The $300 rate includes accommodation, all meals, and transport to and from the island. It is a terrific deal, and is the third Birding Conference since I started offering these in 2013. Both weekends are at peak time for migrants, but if the birding is quiet, it is a great place to watch for seabirds, with all four shearwaters, jaegers, and phalaropes possible. At night I will be setting up recording equipment to track nocturnal migration.

Contact me for further information.

4 Responses to “Star Island Birding Weekends 2015”

  1. David Dale February 26, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

    Three of of would like to do the Star Island trip. Are both May & September still available?

    • Eric Masterson February 26, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

      Space both spring and fall, though spring is filling up fast.

  2. Judith Davis April 16, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

    My son Jamie and I are registered for the birding weekend in May, and as I told you, I’m chaplain for the Natural History Week in June. Will we be getting a schedule for the May trip with times to meet the ferry, etc.? Thanks. Judith

    • Eric Masterson April 21, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

      Hi Judith:
      I will get an itinerary out this week. The boat schedule is:
      Friday, May 16: Depart Portsmouth at 5:30 PM – arrive at Star at 6:30 PM
      Sunday, May 18: Depart Star at 11:45 AM – arrive in Portsmouth at 1:05 PM

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