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Seabirds and Pelagic Birding Boat Trip in Cape Ann, MA

March 18, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - March 20, 2022 @ 3:00 PM


Seabirds and Pelagic Birding Boat Trip in Cape Ann, MA
March 18  (10 am) to March 20 (3 pm) [Rescheduled date]
$550 ($125 single supplement)
7 participants maximum
Program will be cancelled in the event of forecasted severe weather or high winds at sea
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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 species rarely, if ever, seen inland. This trip is not only about discovering rare species by land and sea, but 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 rarities such as Iceland and Glaucous Gulls, King Eiders, Northern Gannets, Harlequin Ducks, and more. On Saturday, we’ll head out on a pelagic boat trip to one of New England’s most productive marine habitats, the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. With expert pelagic guides, we’ll search for hard-to-find offshore regulars like Razorbills, Dovekies, Common and Thick-billed Murres, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Atlantic Puffins, Dovekies, Scoters, and Skuas.

Our search then continues from land on Sunday as we explore nearby hotspots such as Salisbury Beach or Plum Island for species like Snowy Owls, Rough-legged Hawks, and Purple Sandpipers. We arrive back in Montpelier on Sunday afternoon.

Led by birder and NBNC Director of Natural History Programs, Sean Beckett.

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

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2018 and 2019 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 18, 2022 @ 10:00 AM
March 20, 2022 @ 3:00 PM
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North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602