|Purpose of the web site, general topics,
webmaster information , site visitors counter, Copyright.
||Upcoming trips, Results from recent trips and
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|What Birds Can I See?
||A list of the seabirds you can expect to
see on a pelagic trip in New England waters with notes on expected
|Print Check List
||Two page, white, no graphics list of birds
and animals for you to print and take on your trip.
Is A Seabird?
|| General characteristics of seabirds.
Species accounts with
information on breeding, distribution, and identification.
|Other Sea Animals
||Whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, fish. you may
see on pelagic trips in the area.
||Humpback whales are the best whale to
watch.This page has photographs of some the surface activities you may see and
|Identifying Humpback Whales
||Humpback Whale indifiduals can be
identified by the marking on the underside of the flukes.
||How do whales feed with some excellent
pictures of whales bubblefeeding.
||Whales sometimes jump completely out of the
water. Lucky is the photographer who is ready when they do. This page has some
excellent photographs of breaching Humpback Whales.
||The sad story of Humpback Whale calf
entangled in a fishing line.
||Whales are sometimes hit by large boats in
the busy shipping lanes near Boston. Right Whale hit by a ship. Photograph of
||Minke, Finback, Cuvier's Beaked Whales,
||Atlantic White-sided Dolphins and other
dolphins sometimes add excitement to pelagic trips.
||The large Basking Shark is a plankton
||A strange fish you may see in New England
Leatherback and Loggerhead
|Where To Find
||By New England state, the lookout
points from land where seabirds can be seen and the pelagic banks, canyons, and
other sea bottom areas where upwelling attract seabirds.
||Shallow area close to Boston and
between Provincetown and Cape Ann that is a popular whale watching and pelagic
|York to Ogunquit, ME
||Seawatch loop that includes
Nubble Light, Cliff House, and Marginal Way in York and Ogunquit,
|The Continental Shelf Edge
Oceanographers, and other canyons of the continental shelf edge south of
|| Trips sponsored by local bird clubs and how to
bird from commercial whale watching boats. Help for prospective trip sponsors
including boats available for charter, hints on running a trip on a whale watch
or fishing boat, and hints for organizing a dedicated birding trip.
||List of trips sponsored by local bird clubs. Dedicated
trips and trips on whale watch boats.
||If your trip to Boston does not coincide with a
sponsored trip, you can take your own trip on a whale watch boat.
|Birding On Whale
||Joining a whale watch can be a very good way to see
pelagic birds, but you need to aware of the other participants. How to be a
good ambassador for birding.
||Opportunities to watch birds from
commerical ferries such as the Scotia Prince from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth,
||The Art of
||The best indicator of what you may see is a
list of what has been seen in the past.
Pelagic Trips -
Trip Reports - Before you sign up for a trip, read a trip report to set proper
Trip Reports - New
2001 September Gulf of Maine
2001 September BBC Circle
August BBC Hydrographers Canyon Overnight Pelagic Birding
2001 June CORE Pelagic for Cetaceans and Birds to Continental Shelf
2000 August BBC
September BBC Pelagic to Hydrographer's Canyon
1996 August BBC Pelagic to Cashes
Trip Reports - Outside New England
2001 FONT Brielle, NJ December
Barnegat Light FONT Pelagic
Christmas Bird Count
Isle of Shoals
|| Link to the NOA weather buoy data. This opens a
frameset that makes it easy to return to New England Seabirds.
||You can visit seabird breeding colonies in Maine,
Nova Scotia, Gaspe Peninsula, and Newfoundland. Descriptions of accessible
areas to help you plan your vacations.
||Island in the Bay of Fundy that can be
reached from ports in northern Maine or Grand Manan.
Visiting Photographs of landing on the island,
blinds and some discussion of how to be a good visitor.
Puffins, Razorbills, and Murres Photographs taken
on the island and photography hints.
Photographs of Arctic and Common Terns taken on the island.
Map Graphical map showing the island and the
three departure points.
||Island off Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia
between Cabot Trail and North Sydney departure point for Newfoundland Ferry.
Map Map of section of Cape Breton Nova
Scotia showing Bird Island and Big Bras d'Or the tows from which the boats
||Island off of the Gaspé Peninsula
which has the largest Northern Gannet colony in North America.
Describes a visit by the author and her daughter
with pictures showing how close you can get to the birds.
Map shows the location of the island in the Gulf of St.
||Wildlife refuge in Newfoundland visited
only by boat.
|Cape St. Mary
||Wildlife refuge in Newfoundland that is the
second largest Gannetry in North American and the southern most breeding
location of Thick-billed Murres. Also Black-legged Kittiwakes and Common
||Threats to seabirds including oil spills with
emphasis on the Atlantic Ocean.
|| Letters from readers.
||Links to related New England web sites about :
Stellwagen Bank, Jeffreys Ledge, and Organizations doing whale
Pelagic birding trips in other areas of the United States and
around the world.
General Pelagic birding information.
||If you are new to pelagic birding this page will
give you some suggestions on taking your first trip.
||Once you learn to enjoy pelagic birding in New
England you turn to trips in other areas. New Englanders share their
||Authors - Biographical information about the authors of
Photographers WIP- Biographical information
Books and Articles cited as references on this site.
reviews of new pelagic birding books.
Using This Site
||A good friend once complained to the webmaster
that nobody every told you how to read a web site. If you are new at surfing
the web, this short tutorial will give you some hints for reading this site and
||A book has a table of contents. Use links to navigate
from page to page and within a page.
||How to know where you are and how to move to another
||How to use site map and search to find information on a
||How to deal with slow loading graphics and printer