Chickadees, Grouse, Puffins and More: A Birder’s Dream in Down East Maine
Cobscook Bay is a haven for birds and birders alike. Come find out why as you join expert birders in spotting puffins, spruce grouse, cormorants and many more.
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Program No. 21046RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Despite its small size, Cobscook Bay off the Maine coast is one of the top birding areas in the Northeast. During the spring, experience the Down East Spring Birding Festival, which draws birders and birding experts from across North America to observe the spring migration of more than 200 bird species including Boreal Chickadees, Spruce Grouse and Atlantic Puffins. In late summer, the island again comes alive as tens of thousands of migrating shorebirds and seabirds make the return journey in preparation for fall and winter. Experience one of these special times with fellow birders and expert instructors.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking 1-2 miles on uneven, rocky terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Whether in spring or in summer, check species off your life list as you encounter thousands of birds with experts familiar with local species and habitats.
  • Choose the spring program and attend the Down East Spring Birding Festival to observe the largest Atlantic Puffin colony on the Maine coastline.
  • Choose the summer program and explore Head Harbor Passage onboard vessels that sail and motor among flocks of seabirds, whales, porpoises and seals. You will also visit with the puffins at sea in this program.

General Notes

Passports required for field trip to Campobello Island, which is located in New Brunswick, Canada. All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
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Chris Bartlett
Chris has been exploring the shores of Cobscook Bay for 21 years and is interested in all aspects of nature in the area. As field staff for the Maine Sea Grant Program, he has conducted numerous research and educational programs on marine ecology. Chris and his family live in Eastport, where he enjoys birding on a regular basis.
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Chris Bartlett
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Andy Patterson
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