Cruising out of Bar Harbor

Travis heads off shore in Maine!

Travis heads off shore in Maine!

Thanks to the generosity of our friend Bill Thompson III (Field Guide Author & Editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest) our Traveling Trinovid was in excellent hands at the Acadia Birding Festival in Maine, May 30 – June 2, 2013. A major highlight was a pelagic trip out of Bar Harbor to see some of the specialty nesting species on the 1st.

40 Common Eiders were seen

40 Common Eiders were seen

Northern waterfowl species were seen and observers on board recorded 40 Common Eiders and all three American scoter species (Black, Surf, & White-winged).

Great Shearwater sails by

Great Shearwater sails by

They also recorded 3 species of Shearwaters – Great (9), Sooty (2), & Manx (1)!

Sooty Shearwater in Maine waters

Sooty Shearwater in Maine waters

Of course, most birders on these summer boat trips are expecting to see northern Alcid species and in particular that most iconic member of the family, the Atlantic Puffin.

Black Guillemot flies along Maine's rocky shoreline

Black Guillemot flies along Maine’s rocky shoreline

As I said in the beginning, the Traveling Trinovid was in excellent hands with Bill and the trip did not disappoint. Trip participants saw a single Common Murre, 45 Razorbills, 25 Black Guillemots, & 60 Atlantic Puffins on this day! That always makes for many happy birders and added 14 new species for the Traveling Trinovid’s ever-growing year list.

one of the most iconic waterbirds in the world, the Atlantic Puffin

one of the most iconic waterbirds in the world, the Atlantic Puffin

Thanks for the assist Bill!