We will be birdwatching at a local birding (and eBird) Hotspot at Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, ME. The site borders the ocean and provides visitors first-hand experience with Northern New England's rocky coast. A paved walkway with excellent footing (although can be snowy and icy in winter) called the Marginal Way is elevated approximate 30 ft above sealevel and affords great viewing of ducks, grebes, loons, gulls, cormorants, and more. We will look for the handsome Harlequin Duck. I will lead you to view points for locating, observing, and identifying the diverse birds that Winter here. I will let you identify the birds yourself, or provide identification coaching, or answers depending on your preference. We will attempt to build a large list of species that we observe and this list will be submitted to the eBird database of bird observations for scientific usage. If you do not see a date and time fits your schedule, send an inquiry or request to me. I might be able to make the schedule work for you or your group. Other related AirBNB Experiences offered are Plum Island Birding (Newburyport, MA), Birding the Middlesex Fells (Boston, MA), and White Mountains Birding (N. Conway, NH)
In the mid-1990s, I moved to NH and worked as a bird observer and later earned a Ph.D. in bird ecology. I have lived in New Hampshire 25 years and have explored most of the state. I hold university degrees in marine biology, evolutionary biology, and ecology. An avid hiker, birder, and experienced naturalist, I love to share my experience and knowledge with others. In 2016, I started my birding and guiding company, Open World Explorers. I serve as a birding guide, coach, and naturalist to help aspiring birders improve their bird ID skills and knowledge. SOLO Wilderness First Aid Certified
Binoculars / Spotting Scope / Field Guide
We will be doing our birding on foot along the Marginal Way, an paved footpath that parallels the rocky shore line. We will stop intermittently at viewing locations good for observing birds, including some benches. Total walking distance is about 1.5 miles.
This is a walking outdoor experience observing and identifying birds on the ocean. This is a fantastic trip in Winter, but note that Winter cold and wind can be harsh when unprepared.
Marginal Way Birdwatch and Ocean Walk