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Seabirding Trip to Cape Ann, MA

March 17 @ 10:00 AM - March 19 @ 3:00 PM


Seabirding in Cape Ann, MA
March 17  (10 am) to March 19 (3 pm)
Guide: Chip Darmstadt

$475 ($150 single supplement)
7 participants maximum
Program will be cancelled in the event of forecasted severe weather.
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Cape Ann, Massachusetts, is a worldwide destination for winter birds and birders. This annual winter adventure is an outstanding opportunity to spend quality time with seabirds along the Atlantic coast. This trip is about watching, enjoying, and studying seabirds among a community of like-minded nature lovers under the leadership of a first-class guide and educator.

We’ll depart NBNC on Friday morning to head down to Gloucester, MA to search for coastal regulars and rarities as Razorbills, Northern Gannets, Harlequin Ducks, Dovekies, Common and Thick-billed Murres, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Atlantic Puffins, Dovekies, Scoters, and Skuas. Depending on where birds are being reported, we may visit productive destinations on the way to Cape Ann, such as Salisbury Beach and Plum Island, where birds like Snowy Owls, Rough-legged Hawks, and Purple Sandpipers tend to reside in the winter.

On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll visit a series of peninsulas and points around Rockport and Gloucester that overlook the ocean, where we are likely to encounter scoters, sea ducks, alcids, and other typically-offshore seabirds. We’ll spend time at local harbors and jetties where Glaucous and Iceland Gulls tend to turn up, and visit sheltered ponds in search of waterfowl like Blue-winged teal, Brandt, Gadwall, and Scaup. We arrive back in Montpelier on Sunday afternoon.

Led by Birding Ambassador and NBNC Executive Director Emeritus, Chip Darmstadt.

Includes: 2 nights lodging, all transportation, shared spotting scopes, and expert bird guide.
Cancellation Policy: NBNC will not be able to guarantee refunds within three weeks of this program, unless severe winter weather requires us to cancel this program.
COVID-19 expectations: COVID-19 vaccination required to attend. Participants should expect indoor meals in restaurants in the Gloucester area.

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Past Cape Ann Pelagic Seabirding Highlights and Species List

Photos by Sean Beckett

Species List from Previous Cape Ann Trips


Canada Goose

Mute Swan



American Black Duck

Green-winged Teal

Ring-necked Duck

Greater Scaup

Common Eider

King Eider

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Long-tailed Duck


Common Goldeneye

Red-breasted Merganser

Wild Turkey

Common Loon

Red-throated Loon

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Great Cormorant

Red-tailed Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk


Purple Sandpiper


Common Murre

Thick-billed Murre


Black Guillemot


Black-legged Kittiwake

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Iceland Gull

Glaucous Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Northern Gannet

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Downy Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Blue Jay

American Crow

Fish Crow

Common Raven

Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

White-breasted Nuthatch

American Robin

European Starling

Carolina Wren

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Song Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

House Finch

House Sparrow



March 17 @ 10:00 AM
March 19 @ 3:00 PM
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North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602