Yoga/stretch session before breakfast.
Enjoy a nutritious breakfast at Heartwood Lodge dining room
After breakfast, we'll depart for Cutler where we'll meet with Captain Andy Patterson for a trip to sea in search of the puffins who have left their nests now, but are still frequenting the waters near Machias Seal Island. Along the way out and back from the island, we may see shearwaters, gannets, and other pelagic birds. We'll still be encountering porpoise and seals and, at this time of year, are likely to encounter other species of marine life.
Enjoy a picnic lunch prepared by the Heartwood staff
After lunch we'll head for South Lubec Sand Bar which is a stopover for shorebirds that are migrating from their northern breeding grounds to southern wintering areas. Semi-palmated sandpipers, least sandpipers, and semi-palmated plovers are the most abundant bird species feeding on the inter tidal flats. Smaller numbers of sanderlings, white-rumped sandpipers, pectoral sandpipers, dunlins, short-billed dowitchers, red knots, ruddy turnstones, and black-bellied plovers are seen throughout. Small groups of red knots, short-billed dowitchers, ruddy turnstones, sanderling, dunlin, pectoral sandpiper are also seen. Other less common shorebirds including Baird's sandpiper, whimbrels, and godwits are occasionally reported,.
Enjoy dinner at the Heartwood Lodge dining room. This dinner will focus on a Farm to Table menu. This region is noted for the farm movement to put local food grown in a sustainable environment on family tables.
First, we will enjoy a discussion with Kyle Pepperman with the Down East Institute, who will give us a great introduction to sustainable fishing standards. Following, we will have a discussion about today's finds and expectations for tomorrow's birding.