[CT Birds] Thimble Islands charter boat trip sign-up GREAT OPPORTUNITY
kmueller at ntplx.net
kmueller at ntplx.net
Sun Dec 8 08:26:50 EST 2013
I would like to add that this is a great opportunity to bird areas
that are rarely visited by birders. The planned voyage is to travel
from Guilford Harbor and search the waters around Faulkner's Island (4
miles offshore) and Goose Rocks (just west of Faulkner's), Half Acre
Reef just east of Guilford Harbor, Lobster Rock (west of Guilford
Harbor), the waters off Sachem Head including Goose Island, Great
Harbor, Thimble Islands (off Branford and Pine Orchard), Islands and
Islets outside Branford Harbor, and the outer Islands and Islets of
Branford/East Haven area.
There is never any guarantee for the birds seen, but this area is
notorious for huge concentrations of Greater Scaup and Seaducks
including Eider, Goldeneye, possible Razorbill, (I sighted 2 Black
Guillemot in the 80's here- one near Lobster Rock and one by Goose
Rocks near Faulkner's), Gannets, Gulls, Great Cormorant, Common and
Red-throated Loons, Snowy Owls and Peregrine Falcons are seen here
(Tom and I had a distant probable sighting of a Snowy Owl here last
week), Purple Sandpipers and many other species are all possible.
There is limited space available for this wonderful opportunity,
This will be a one-of-a-kind birding adventure in CT.
Quoting Thomas Robben <robben99 at gmail.com>:
> As a part of the LIS BirdCount we are planning a 4-hour cruise around the
> Thimble Islands and nearby islands off Branford/Guilford CT during the next
> few weeks.
> We are trying to pick out the best day to do this.
> IF YOU ARE INTERESTED in joining this trip please go to the following
> Doodle and let us know (by adding a line to this Doodle) which days(s)
> would be of interest to you.....
> Doodle: Charter around Thimble Islands
> Please let us know soon, by filling in the Doodle (or emailing me).
> We are guessing that this one 4-hour trip will most likely fall into the
> Dec 18-22 period.
> Thanks to Keith Mueller we have found a lobster fisherman who is willing to
> give us one four-hour bird survey ride around the Thimble Islands area, on
> his 42foot lobster boat, at a cost of $500. He will take up to six persons.
> If you would like to join us and be among these six passengers, your cost
> would be $500/6= $83.33, or more if we get less than 6 passengers.
> Capt. Bart Mansi and his wife Janice Mansi Guilford Lobster Pound
> established in 1991, selling freshly caught
> <<our captain and his boat
> Of course there is no guarantee on the weather (but we will not go if it is
> too windy that morning), or the birds..... and once you commit, your money
> belongs to the captain (assuming he sails).
> Tom Robben
> robben99 at gmail.com
> Glastonbury CT
> PS.... note that this trip is part of our current LIS BirdCount....
> Long Island Sound Bird Count <http://lisbirdcount.blogspot.com/>
> This December count is going very well, with 40 eBird LIS checklists shared
> with us already, from both CT and NY.
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