Star Island Birding Trip, Saturday September 29th, 2012

Depart dock (Rye Harbor) 8am, return to dock, 3:45pm

Trip limited to 20, $50 pp
$5 per car parking fee
Contact me at to reserve a spot.
Star Island is a great place year-round for good views of normally furtive species, like warblers, sparrows, and if lucky, cuckoos.  There is always the chance of a rarity.

Star Island conference center will be closed for the season, so we will essentially have the island to ourselves.  Dress for the worst and expect the best – temps have traditionally been in the mid to high 60’s.  Generally there is little wind on the island, as high winds are one of two conditions under which I cancel, the other being heavy rain (showers are ok as shelter is available).  Bring a pack lunch, a set of warm clothes, sun-screen, and camera (warblers can be exceptionally approachable). I can help coordinate carpooling, and can take those interested on an afternoon tour of the best coastal birding spots.

In the last three years of fall trips, highlights have included:

  • Northern Pintail
  • Northern Fulmar
  • Cory’s Shearwater
  • Great Shearwater
  • American Golden Plover
  • Whimbrel
  • Pectoral Sandpiper
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Caspian Tern
  • Parasitic jaeger
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Sedge Wren
  • Tennessee Warbler
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Cape May Warbler
  • Connecticut Warbler
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Grasshopper Sparrow
  • Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow
  • Dickcissel

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