The Place: Birders are enchanted by the joy and beauty of spring bird migration on Monhegan Island. Late May is peak songbird migration on Monhegan. Most trips this time of year include up to two dozen northbound warbler species as well as many flycatchers, sparrows, vireos, waterfowl and more – a good birding day on Monhegan gives you the impression you have gone to birding heaven! This charming and rugged island is inhabited, yet wild. It has drawn artists and lobstermen, and during the few short weeks of peak migration, it is a migrant trap for birders, too. Both fish and bird stories are swapped each evening at the local brewery or over a spectacular sunset. Our group will explore and wander in search of birds and the island’s natural beauty. Some hikes traverse varied terrain, but all walks are optional, and the best birding is in the village.
Lodging & Meals: We all stay at the lovely Monhegan House where a full breakfast and multi-course dinner is included daily. Rooms are simple and charming. Bathrooms are shared. Lunches are not included in the trip fee – but there are options to buy sandwiches, pizza, salads, soups, etc. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks can be purchased on the island as well and brought to dinner if you’d like.
Guides: Having two skilled bird & nature guides is unusual on most birding tours. With a max size of 12 clients, you’re guaranteed ample personal attention and customized learning.
Trip Fee: Your trip fee includes: round-trip ferry passage from Port Clyde, Maine; 4 nights lodging and breakfasts at the Monhegan House; 4 dinners; and 5 full days of expert guiding from two seasoned guides; and a donation to Monhegan Associates for island stewardship work. Spring 2024 fees: $1750 for single accommodation and $3250 for a double accommodation.