Ladona Island Birding Cruise
Join us for a unique Down East Adventure: birding by land and sea! Our guide: Maine’s own birding guru and author of How to Be a Better Birder, Derek Lovitch. Our goal: great birding!
Join Derek aboard the Schooner Ladona for a truly unique and exclusive birding and culinary experience. Enjoy peace, quiet, and tranquility as we spend four days aboard the Ladona enjoying unbelievable food and drink, lots of rest and relaxation, and some great birding!
Weather permitting, we’ll have the chance to visit the waters around a seabird breeding colony (likely the famous Eastern Egg Rock) to place us among thousands of breeding seabirds, including Atlantic Puffins, and likely a few Razorbills. Roseate, Common, and Arctic Terns will be seen. Along the way, we’ll enjoy other local breeding species from Common Eiders and Black Guillemots to Ospreys and Bald Eagles. We’ll even teach you how easy it (usually) is to identify gulls! Other likelihoods include Great Cormorants, and southbound migrant shorebirds. We’ll expect to see Wilson’s Storm-Petrels, with our weather-dependent route possibly giving us a chance to be on the lookout for Greater, Sooty, and maybe even Manx Shearwaters.
Most mornings will feature short and easy birdwalks on islands or peninsulas, where we’ll have a chance to sample breeding songbirds. Serenading Swainson’s Thrushes will likely send us to bed and be our alarm clock at many anchorages, with other common breeding species including a variety of warblers (Black-throated Green and Yellow-rumped are two of the most common).
Our first night will feature a special dinner in Rockland, perhaps with a special guest speaker. We may even have some visitors during our journey, and Derek will offer evening programs in the comfortable galley with topics that may range from Birdwatching in Maine to how to observe birds using radar. Throughout the tour, simply expect almost anything.
(Please not that the itinerary and special event plans are subject to change).