2022 Maine – Coastal Maine – By Land & Sea

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Bird Watching, Wildlife
  • Activity Level Strenuous
  • Group Size Medium Group
All about the 2022 Maine – Coastal Maine – By Land & Sea Tour.

Coastal Maine is a fantastic destination. In addition to the abundance of breeding bird species, it has a rugged shoreline with beautiful views of the ocean, scenic lakes and cliffs, and seemingly endless spruce and fir forests. The food is great, and the accommodations quite comfortable. After meeting in Bangor, we will head for the coast.

Our destination is Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park. Some of our first raptors should include Osprey, Bald Eagle, and possibly a Peregrine Falcon. A few of the songbirds that we will search for are Pileated Woodpecker, Alder and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, and numerous warblers including Nashville, Chestnut-sided, and Magnolia. Scanning the near shore waters can yield nice looks at Common Loon, Great Cormorant, and Black Guillemot.

On our boat trip out of Bar Harbor we will see many seabirds, plus several species of whales, with Humpback being the most likely. Our first major stop as we head north from Machias is Moosehorn NWR, near the Canadian border. New species here may include American Bittern, Sora, Bay-breasted and Cape May Warblers, and perhaps a Moose, Black Bear, or Porcupine.

The second boat trip of our tour takes us to Machias Seal Island, where Atlantic Puffins are the star of the show. There are also Razorbills, Common Murres, Arctic Terns, and additional pelagic species. Gray Seals are likely, while Harbor Seals are common, and a few more whales are quite possible. Quoddy Head State Park and other spots near Machias will round out our tour, which ends back in Bangor.  This will complete a fine week of enjoying the natural riches for which Coastal Maine is famous.

We will take a maximum of seven participants. On rare occasion we may extend the maximum to ten participants.

Duration: 7 days
Limit: 3 – 7
Date: 18 June – 24 June 2022
Start: Bangor, ME
End: Bangor, ME

US$3432 per person sharing assuming 4 – 7 participants
Deposit: US$600
Single supplement: US$360

We can run the same trip at a price similar to the larger group price for 2 tour participants, if they rent their own vehicle and pay for fuel – please e-mail [email protected] for details.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Guiding fees
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport while on tour
  • Tolls
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Domestic and International flights
  • Items of a personal nature, e.g. gifts
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal insurance
  • Laundry Service
  • Gratuities
  1. Day 1 Bangor to Bar Harbor

    The tour begins in Bangor, Maine. We’ll drive toward the coast for our first taste of Downeast birding in Acadia National Park. This is a good time to search for the cliff-nesting Peregrine Falcons and scan for Common Loon, Osprey, and Bald Eagle. We will spend the night near Bar Harbor, with singing warblers and an occasional flock of Red Crossbills near the motel.

    **NOTE: Most participants choose to arrive in Bangor on 17 June, the day before the tour begins, and spend the night there. This eliminates almost any possible conflict with a delayed airline flight.

    Overnight: Bar Harbor

  2. Day 2 Mount Desert Island and the Coast

    We’ll have all day to explore Mount Desert Island. The spruce/fir forests may yield Black-backed Woodpecker, Canada Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Magnolia and Blackpoll Warblers, and with a bit of luck, Spruce Grouse. Along the coast are Common Eider, Black Guillemot, Great Cormorant, and lots of gulls, terns, and ducks. King Eider is always possible, albeit a rarity. A great day of birding deserves a great Maine seafood dinner, and a second night at the same motel.

    Overnight: Bar Harbor

  3. Day 3 Acadia National Park and Whale Watching

    We’ll have another morning to bird Acadia National Park, where we can explore some new areas and return to a few from yesterday. Around noon we’ll head for the dock at Bar Harbor and prepare for a half-day whale watching trip to Petit Manan Island. Humpback Whale is likely.

    One year we had two breaching for nearly an hour, very close to the boat. Several other species of whales and porpoises are possible. There will also be pelagic birds to observe, including shearwaters, storm-petrels, and alcids. Perhaps an ocean-going Eastern Kingbird will visit us again, 15 miles at sea!

    Overnight: Bar Harbor

  4. Day 4 Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge

    We’ll begin working our way north and arrive at Moosehorn NWR on the New Brunswick border. Here we may find American Bittern, Sora, Northern Goshawk, Spruce and Ruffed Grouse, Bay-breasted and Cape May Warblers, and Winter Wren. There are nesting Bald Eagles and Osprey, families of Ring-necked Ducks, and another good chance for Black-backed Woodpecker. Just as in Bar Harbor, there may be nesting warblers behind the motel, plus Bobolinks across the road.

    Overnight: Machias

  5. Day 5 Machias Seal Island and Quoddy Head State Park

    We depart Cutler Harbor at 7:00 AM for Machias Seal Island, where we should see nesting Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Common Murres, and Arctic Terns, all at point blank range. Gray Seals are likely at North Rock, while Harbor Seals are common. During the morning boat ride we will look for pelagic species such as Northern Fulmar, Great Shearwater, and Wilson’s Storm-Petrel.

    After lunch we’ll drive to Quoddy Head State Park that juts out into Grand Manan Channel and offers great opportunities for seabirds, shorebirds and more boreal species, including Lincoln’s Sparrow and Palm Warbler.

    Overnight: Machias

  6. Day 6 Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge

    Today we will probably return to scenic Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge to explore more of its trails and roads, then visit the Meddybemps blueberry barrens to look for breeding Upland Sandpiper and Vesper Sparrow.

    Overnight: Machias

  7. Day 7 Heading Home

    This morning will be spent exploring some new areas, attempting to fill in our list of boreal birds and breeding warblers. One year we found our only White-winged Crossbills, Evening Grosbeaks, and Pine Siskins, on the very last day! The tour will end at Bangor Airport for our afternoon flights home.


20-26 June 2009

Top 10 lists are voted upon by the participants at the completion of each tour.

1 – Spruce Grouse
2 – Atlantic Puffin
3 – Chestnut-sided Warbler
4 – Common Murre
5 – Red-necked Grebe
6 – Bobolink
7 – Northern Goshawk
8 – Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
9 – Golden-crowned Kinglet
10 – Common Eider

Additional sightings included Gray Seals at Machias Seal Island, Moose tracks in several locations, a very close Porcupine at Schoodic Point, a Gray Fox crossing a blueberry barren, and a Raccoon on rocks offshore from Quoddy Head Light, much too close to the surf. We watched a female Snapping Turtle that appeared to have laid her eggs just before we arrived. A juvenile Hairy Woodpecker with yellow instead of red on top of its head caused us to think about American Three-toed Woodpecker, until we realized that none of the other field marks fit. And we had wonderful views of two beautiful Luna Moths.

  1. Will we do any birding the first day?

    Yes!  We have birding planned if time allows and everything is on schedule.

    **NOTE: Most participants choose to arrive in Bangor on 17 June, the day before the tour begins, and spend the night there. This eliminates almost any possible conflict with a delayed airline flight.

  2. How should I dress for the tour?

    Check the weather for the destination as close to your departure date as possible, and dress accordingly for your comfort level. You can also review our What to Bring page for more information.

  3. Besides clothes, what do I need to bring?

    There are many items the will be useful to you while on a Bird Treks tour. We have put together our list of recommendations on the What to Bring page.

  4. What language are tours conducted in?

    Our tours are all conducted in English, but we do have some experience working with client that don’t speak English well – Some English would be needed for safety reasons. In locations where another language is predominately spoken, a native guide may accompany the tour.

  5. Can you help me book flights?

    Yes, we will always try our best to help with anything at all! We’re here to serve you. However, it is usually easier if you book your flight through your own travel agent as we can’t always get the best deals from your particular country. But we will help whenever needed!

  6. Can you book accommodation for us the night before the tour starts or the night the tour ends?

    While Day 1 is usually a travel (arrival) day, and the last day of the tour is usually also a travel day (departure), many people do like to arrive early and/or leave late. We can indeed book extra nights before and after the trip, and we in fact recommend you let us book them, as it avoids confusion and allows us to book the accommodation that is most convenient for the tour.

    NOTE: Most often it is the same hotel or lodge that you use on the first night of the tour, but in some instances, it could be an airport hotel or an accommodation establishment where the guide is staying.

  7. Do you provide trip insurance?

    No, we do not. We find that it is better for trip participants to purchase their own medical, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance through their own insurance provider in the country they reside in. We expect all tour participants to have comprehensive insurance, and we encourage everyone to send us a copy of their insurance documents.

  8. Are meals included?

    For most tours, meals are included in the tour price. This may include a hotel-provided breakfast, or guide-provided box lunches. For dinners, we strive to find interesting and delicious local restaurants – this allows us to give back to the local economy, and find exciting new place to eat.

  9. Will I get seasick on the boat?

    Most people will not get sick, although you should take precautions if you are prone to motion sickness, as the weather can dictate how rough the ride will be. There are various remedies sold at local pharmacies which can help relieve motion sickness and will make your trip more enjoyable.