MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE

Atlantic Puffins to Bicknell’s Thrush

Maine and New Hampshire with She Flew Birding Tours

Bicknell’s Thrush

This tour highlights a spectacular region of the northeast where 3,500 miles of shoreline and millions of acres of boreal forests are only a days drive apart. This is also a confluence of the northern and southern most reaches of some spectacular species. We will focus on this overlap area. Look forward to also exploring the northern forest, prairies, marshes, coastal islands and high elevation balsam fir which is the home to the Bicknell’s Thrush. We will take advantage of the peak of breeding bird activity and enjoy mouth watering lobster as we explore the best of Maine and New Hampshire.

Maine New Hampshire with She Flew Birding Tours

Atlantic Puffin

Just off coast are breeding colonies that can host thousands of birds.  During our visit around Petit Manan Island, we’ll see Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, terns and other alcids floating or flying sometimes next to the boat. Several species of whales, shearwaters and storm-petrels may also be seen on this trip from beautiful Bar Harbor. Acadia National Park, with almost 3 million visitors annually, will be our destination for more birding, fresh seafood and eye poping beauty. The essence of this signature new england experience is highlighted by exploring the rocky coastline, small fishing villages, lighthouses, White Mountains, borel forests, interior marshes, sandy beaches and lots of fresh seafood.

Maine and New Hampshire with She Flew Birding Tours

Lobster dinner

Our targets include seven thrushes, four alcids, five vireos, nine flycatchers, 12 sparrows, 23 warblers and many shorebirds. I can almost hear the dawn chorus now. Maine and New Hampshire is calling you!

ITINERARY

Maine New Hampshire with She Flew Birding Tours

Common Eider

DAY 1Arrival and Dinner – I’ll pick you up from the airport. Please arrive by 4:00PM so we can meet in the lobby for introductions and tour overview. Our first lobster dinner will be capped off with scanning the nearby point for sea ducks. Targets include Common Eiders, White-winged Scoters, Black Guillemots, Northern Gannets, gulls and shorebirds. Overnight in South Portland.

DAY 2Coastal Portland to Biddeford – Our first full day of birding will start near our hotel. Maine offers so many different quality birding spots along the coast, that more than 10 stops will keep us entertained for the day. We will explore freshwater swamps and ponds, marshes, estuaries, tidal flats, beaches, offshore breeding rocks and the ocean. A few of the locations include the famed Scarborough Marsh, Biddeford Beach, Rashael Carson National Wildlife Refuge and Evergreen Cemetery.

Maine New Hampshire with She Flew Birding Tours

Saltmarsh Sparrow

Our target birds are 15 shorebirds including Piping Plover, both Nelson’s and Saltmarsh Sparrow almost side by side, Blue-winged Warbler, four terns including Arctic and Roseate and the hard to find Cliff Swallow. With an early start tomorrow, we’ll head back to the hotel in time for a relaxing dinner. Overnight for a second night in South Portland.

DAY 3Kennebunk Plains to Bar Harbor – Our early departure will be rewarded by a beautiful dawn chorus at Kennebunk Plains. This 2,000 acre grassland hosts Maines largest population of Grasshopper Sparrows and the worlds largest population of Northern Blazing Star. Other goodies here include Eastern Whip-poor-will, American Woodcock, Upland Sandpipers, Eastern Meadowlarks and Prairie Warblers.  As we head north to Bar Harbor, we’ll make birding stops at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center and several locations around Bangor. We hope to add a bunch of warblers to our trip list with up to 19 species possible today. Overnight in the beautiful Bar Harbor.

Maine New Hampshire with She Flew Birding Tours

Great Cormorant

DAY 4Bar Harbor Pelagic with Atlantic Puffins – When heading out on a pelagic trip, weather plays an important role. We will have two different opportunities to enjoy this three hour boat trip to Petit Manan Island. As we circumvent this breeding colony, Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Black Guillemots, Common Eiders, Leach’s Storm-Petrels, Common, Arctic and Roseate Terns should be in full breeding activity. You never know what magical bird or mammal could be just off the bow. Some possibilities include Minke and Fin Whales, Common Murres, Sooty, Great and Manx Shearwaters, or Wilson’s Storm-Petrels. Have your cameras ready! This 16 acre island is part of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge and hosts the second tallest lighthouse in Maine. Back on land, exploring the spectacular views and birds of Acadia National Park will fill the rest of our day. Overnight for a second night in Bar Harbor.

DAY 5Acadia NP to Rangeley – If we had good weather yesterday and don’t need to try again for Petit Manan, a leisurely day is ahead.  The morning will be spent with a mouthwatering Bar Harbor breakfast and the breathtaking views of Acadia National Park. Making our way inland, Messalonskee Lake is our main stop. Looking for birds with limited ranges for the area include Black Terns, Pied-billed Grebe, Purple Martin, Alder Flycatcher and Sandhill Cranes. If we got weathered out yesterday, it will be a fantastic day on the boat and on to Rangeley. Overnight in Rangeley.

Maine New Hampshire with She Flew Birding Tours

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

DAY 6The Boreal Forest – Today will be spend exploring the north woods on logging roads, riparian areas, large lakes and trails. Along with the pleasant smell of the Boreal Forest, we will look for the habitats specialties; Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker, Spruce Grouse, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Blackpoll Warbler, Winter Wren and Moose. The woods will be filled with returning warblers with up to 22 species possible. WOW! Other fun birds we hope to encounter are Olive-sided Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, Northern Raven, Dark-eyed Junco and 5 Thrushes. Overnight for a second night in Rangeley.

Maine New Hampshire with She Flew Birding Tours

Boreal Chickadee

DAY 7The White Mountains and Bicknell’s Thrush – Our task today is to enjoy another day in the north woods and the spectacular views of western Maine and eastern New Hampshire. Tough, I know! We hope to fill out our north woods bird list as we head west. Target birds today include Philadelphia Vireo, Scarlet Tanagers, Bay-breasted and Black-throated Blue Warblers. Hearing the warbler, vireo and flycatcher chorus throughout the day will be magical as these birds establish their territories and begin breeding. This evening is dedicated to the Bicknell’s Thrush. Arriving in the White Mountains, we’ll take a reserved trip up to the edge of the Balsam Fir forest in search of this wondrous thrush. The Bicknell’s has one of the most restricted breeding and wintering range of any North American bird. We will listen for this five part song that rises at the end. The views from the top of Mt. Washington will literally take your breath away. Overnight in Gorham, New Hampshire.

Maine New Hampshire with She Flew Birding ToursDAY 8 – Gorham NH to Portland ME – As we make our way back into Portland Maine, we’ll break up the drive with some interesting birding locations. The Pondicherry NWR sports 185 species and will provide amply opportunity to pad our New Hampshire list. We might even add birds to the trip list. Brownfield Bog gives us our best chance at the most northeastern range of some species. We’ll target Yellow-throated Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole, Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoo. As we continue to the coast, we’ll check some favorite spots around Biddeford. We will bid our final farwell with an evening return to the Portland Airport for flights home.

TOUR DETAILS

DATES: June 11-18, 2017 (FULL), June 2018 dates TBD

DURATION: 8 days/7 nights

COST: $2295

INCLUDES: airport pick-up/drop off, all Maine and New Hampshire transportation, all food, park fees, 8 hotel nights and expert guide

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE: Portland, Maine (PWM)

DIFFICULTY: moderate

EXPERIENCE: All levels welcome

FOCUS: birding, lobster, scenery

SOLO SUPPLEMENT: $325

DEPOSIT: $500

FINAL PAYMENT: Due 90 days out

GROUP SIZE: 4-6 people (plus 1 guide, Sue Riffe)

SPECIES: 170-180

Maine and New Hampshire with She Flew Birding Tours

TARGET BIRDS

  • Bicknells’ Thrush
  • Atlantic Puffin
  • Razorbill
  • Great Cormorant
  • Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
  • Philadelphia Vireo
  • Boreal Chickadee
  • Gray Jay
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Cape May Warbler
  • Prairie Warbler
  • Arctic Tern
  • Roseate Tern
  • Nelson’s Sparrow
  • Saltmarsh Sparrow
  • Piping Plover
  • shorebirds
  • plus many more!
Maine New Hampshire with She Flew Birding Tours
Maine New Hampshire with She Flew Birding Tours

7 Thrushes

Maine New Hampshire with She Flew Birding Tours
Maine New Hampshire with She Flew Birding Tours

23 Warblers

Maine New Hampshire with She Flew Birding Tours
Maine New Hampshire with She Flew Birding Tours

17 Shorebirds

Maine New Hampshire with She Flew Birding Tours
Maine New Hampshire with She Flew Birding Tours

Boreal Specialities

Maine New Hampshire with She Flew Birding Tours
Maine and New Hampshire with She Flew Birding Tours
Maine and New Hampshire with She Flew Birding Tours